Downloadable Murder Mystery Game for Forty to Two Hundred People
Trouble and tragedy in an English public school as pupils and teachers celebrate another Founder’s Day.
Teachers and pupils of St. Cakes school gather to honour the memory of the blessed Bishop Cakes, who established it in 930 A.D. Prefects, nerds, bullies and sneaks all do their best to make this a day to remember – and one the headmaster would sooner forget! Everyone taking part is given a team or “house” to belong to. Some also have a guest character to play (the ambitious headgirl Charlotte Lemon, the incredibly dull science teacher Ernest Stevens, his lively wife, French teacher Fifi, and others). One of the guests will, of course, be a murderer.
The different houses compete with one another to identify who this is and are also given a “St. Cakes” challenge to tackle. Among other things, this involves the writing of a new school song. At the end, accusations are made, the murderer is identified and the winning song selected. Fancy dress is optional but strongly recommended.
The plot allows all those taking part to re-live their schooldays, mixed in with a bit of St. Trinian’s, Hogwarts, Greyfriars and Malory Towers. It usually lasts about 3-3½ hours and can take place either over a meal or on its own.
When is this whodunit set?
You can choose. Life in English public schools is all about tradition. Preserving the past. Protecting pupils against all things nasty and new. Not much ever changes. Which means our St. Cakes plot works well in bygone eras as well as the modern day. So you can choose which period you set it in. While the mystery unfolds, you may need to explain a few things to make it fit the time you’ve selected, but nothing major needs doing.
Please go to our Murder Mystery Costume Guide for help and fashion suggestions.
Age Rating/Content Rating
This plot is suitable for groups of most types and ages. But if you are planning to run it in your school, bear in mind that characters in murder mysteries often behave badly: they kill, they tell lies, they have affairs!
Hire an actor
If you’d like a professional actor to run your game for you, please look at Option 2 on Downloadable Murder Mysteries with a Professional Actor. If you’d like a professional events company to put together the whole party for you, please look at Option 3, We Do Everything For You, on the same page.