Step-by-step: murder mystery
As far as adult social events are concerned, murder
mystery nights promise lots of fun for a modest amount of effort.
They're particularly good for bringing friends together - after
all, who can resist a night of spirited
Find a suitable venue in which to hold your event - a school
hall with a stage is perfect. Make sure there is enough room for
your guests to sit around tables, as well as having a performance
area for the 'action'! Book the venue in advance to secure the
Employing the services of a specialist supplier will guarantee a
killer evening which your guests will never forget! Although this
means you'll have an initial cost up front, it will be worth every
penny. The format can differ from company to company - some will
simply put on an interactive play where your guests are the
detectives, while others will spend the day working with a cast
from among your number to perform in the evening.
Consider whether to provide food or ask guests to bring their
own. Discuss how the play will be broken down so that you can plan
food and refreshments around intervals. A social event of this
nature is sure to succeed with a plentiful supply of wine, however,
licence requirements apply if selling (or supplying) alcohol. Allow
at least 10 days to submit a Temporary Event Notice to your local
Sell tickets in advance and adopt a ticket-only policy on the
door. Make sure the ticket price covers your costs and provides a
reasonable profit. Source prizes for the winning team - the table
who guessed the murderer and motive. If guests are wearing fancy
dress, appoint some judges to offer a prize for the best
Publicise the event well in advance on posters, in the local
press and via social media. Generate a buzz of excitement and ask
any local shops or businesses if they will display your poster. Get
editable posters from PTA Print Shop. You'll need a few
volunteers to check tickets on arrival and to help set up and clear
Murder mystery tips and advice
- Theme: Choose which murder mystery play you
want and use this to theme the rest of your event. Will you have a
1920s gangster game, a 'killer' reunion, or murder on the dance
floor. Use your theme to help define the dress code.
- Reviews: If you can, check reviews of the
murder mystery company you hope to use, or ask around for
recommendations. You want to make sure the actors are good at
getting everyone involved, and holding their attention.
- Ticket options: Sell individually-priced
tickets, as well as group tickets (i.e. a table of eight) to
encourage people to invite their friends along.
- Save money: If you're feeling ambitious, you
can you save costs by writing and performing your own murder
mystery party. Give yourself plenty of time to work out the
logistics, recruit actors and polish your performance. Local
amateur dramatics societies or secondary school drama students may
also be able to provide a cost-effective solution.
- Suppliers: Go to our suppliers
directory to find murder mystery companies.
Download a print-friendly PDF version of our
step-by-step guide to running a murder mystery event.
The above is intended as guidance only. We
recommend that you contact the relevant organisations with specific
reference to insurance, legal, health and safety and child
protection requirements. Community Inspired Ltd cannot be held
responsible for any decisions or actions taken by a PTA, based on
the guidance provided.
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