“The Wonderful World of Whodunitry” September 2021 – Jan 2022

 

Thank you so much for booking on to one of my Original Murder Weekends. I am delighted that you will be joining the many thousands of people in our ‘Murder Weekend Family’ by attending my 144th plot! I’m really excited that you can come to this amazing milestone – our 40 th Birthday plot. I performed the very first Murder Weekend on the 30 th October 1981, a concept that was totally the ‘best of British’, and a world first!

If this is your first time, we really hope that you thoroughly enjoy the experience and that we live up to your expectations. If you’ve been before, thank you so much for returning, welcome back and thank you for spreading the word!

Each Original Murder Weekend plot is based around a fictitious theme which is the vehicle to explain why a group of strangers would all meet up together in a hotel for the weekend. We hope that you, our very welcome guests, will enjoy playing along with the main characters in our plot. I always try to create a fun theme where we can all stretch our imagination and become people that we’re not, both actors and guests – and I hope that I’ve come up with a theme where we can all get really involved.

As with every 5 th anniversary of Murder Weekends, I always come up with a ‘Murderous theme’ and for this special plot I’ve decided on a touring theatrical company called – ‘The Wonderful World of Whodunitry’, known amongst it’s thousands of friends both here and abroad as WWW! Company Director Edison Elroyd Is celebrating his 40 th year in show business and it was twenty years ago, after a very lucky win on the lottery that Ed fulfilled his dream and set up a touring theatre company performing his productions of Murder Mystery and Detective plays – ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘The Mousetrap’, ‘Sleuth’ being just some of their celebrated repertoire. Before his very lucky break, Edison was a jobbing actor and had appeared in many TV soaps and series, as well as a few films, in very small parts. Ed always knew he was better than this and so when he became owner and director of WWW, he was a very happy man!

But March 2020 nearly put an end to Ed’s dream – no more touring, no more productions and like many around the world, the rug was totally pulled from underneath him.

Ed needs help to get back on the road and so has invited all the friends of WWW, both patrons, customers, actors and staff to try and raise money to get ‘WWW’ back on the road.

So we would love you to create a little story for yourself. You could be anyone you choose that knows and loves Ed’s ‘Wonderful World of Whodunitry’.

On Murder Weekends we always have a colour theme on the Friday night and I would like us all to wear our colours, so the logo colours for ‘The Wonderful World of Whodunitry’ is black, white and red. So anything you feel comfortable in, a black suit and bow tie, red ball gown, black and white pyjamas, black dress with a big red poppy, panda outfit – whatever you fancy, anything goes on Murder Weekends. Those of you who love creating things before the weekend will have a field-day I’m quite sure. Please don’t spend lots of money; as much as possible try and find things that you already have.

As usual, throughout the weekend, there will be some fun themed games, with prizes for the winning tables (but NOT for ‘Googlers’!!). None of them are complicated but just a light-hearted way to get you chatting to your fellow guests to break the ice and alleviate the stress on your brains from trying to make sense of the dastardly deeds – after all, if we were only sitting around talking about murder, it could get quite deep and dark and what we most enjoy on Murder Weekends is to laugh! Nothing is compulsory on Murder Weekends, so if you’d rather sit out a game, go for a snooze or visit the Incident Room to study the evidence, that’s fine.

On Saturday night, as always, there will be a themed party. Our Alphabet themed parties always go so well, so I think for this plot it should be ‘Things beginning with W’ for Whodunitry. Anything beginning with W, it could be a film, a TV show, a food, a person – there are thousands upon thousands to choose from. But if fancy dress isn’t your bag, please don’t worry, just sticking something on a jumper would work. Often the most simple ideas are the most subtle and ingenious, and you can do as much or as little as you want. Something easy would be wearing a top hat and carry a box of sweets – “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; Come as a rocker in black gear, wearing a crown and become “We will Rock You” by Queen; Come as a retired, balding Man U player, carrying a globe beachball and come as ‘Wayne’s World’!

Please don’t hire anything unless you want to. We’d hate you to spend any money on what is, after all, just a bit of fun which always causes amusement and is a great photo opportunity for our guests. If you do get stuck, give Geri a ring at our office and she’ll help you with some ideas.

The Murder plot lasts for the entire weekend and the actors will be in character from the welcome reception on Friday night until the end of the summing up on Sunday. Over the course of the weekend there will be at least three murders in the complex plot and so that no one misses anything, they usually occur when everyone is together. Saturday morning is free and you won’t miss anything by going out shopping or visiting the local places of interest, but do pop in to the Police Incident Room to see the first pieces of evidence before you go out. Although the police will have announced on their arrival that no one is allowed to leave the hotel, I’m sure they’ll turn a blind eye!!

We know you’ll have a lot of fun no matter how you decide to play the game, but for those of you who want to solve the crime, I have enclosed some tips. Please read them as they will help. It is also a good idea to bring along a small notepad and pen to jot down conversations you overhear or evidence you think is important. I hope you love the new plot and enjoy all the many twists, turns and laughter that I promise there will be. If there’s anything that you’re unsure of before the weekend, please do not hesitate to ring us at the Murder Weekend office.

We very much look forward to meeting you on Friday at the Welcome Reception at 8.00pm, before dinner at 8.30pm. We hope you have a marvellous time and manage to crack the case, which will be solved when the Detective makes an arrest at 12 noon on Sunday, before we check out at 12.30pm.