TBAE’s Murder Mystery team building activity is an entertaining way for your team to get to know each other as they work together to solve the mystery.
Our Murder Mystery games are usually played over a meal but can be just as effective without it. The meal can range from simple snacks or even breakfast to five course meals (depending on your budget) and will be provided by the venue that you choose.
Leading up to the Murder Mystery event the organizer will receive the character scripts to be distributed only to the participants who are going to portray the specific characters (unique to each theme). All the other participants will be investigators and it will be their task to unravel the mystery.
On the day of the event, TBAE will provide a host of costumes and dress up accessories suitable for all shapes and sizes, which includes wigs, make up and murderous accessories. This eliminates the hassle of getting delegates to trundle costumes along with them and ensures equal participation levels. The participants are seated for the event all dressed up – everyone dresses up including all the investigators.
A "murder" is announced, and the fun begins as each person tries to prove their innocence by proving someone else at their table guilty. This becomes an excuse for the participants to enter a period, during which they tend to reveal the biggest lot of fabrications, deceit and cover-ups imaginable. Your Murder Mystery facilitator will take the guests through the game on the day step by step.
The facilitator will set the stage for the Murder Mystery theme and entertaining instructions are given for each stage of the activity, so there will be no doubt about anything, other than finding out who is guilty of murder.
TBAE offers the following entertaining Murder Mystery games:
Death is a Cabernet, Ol’ Chum Malcolm Melee’s body was found at the bottom of the stairs in his winery, was it a tragic accident or murder? Featuring characters such as Pierre LaPaine - Winemaster, Renee Melee – Malcolm’s only child, Stan Milton – Owner of Milt-Mart Stores, Nina Grigio – Writer for Wine Line magazine, Carter Cabot – Owner of Cabot Vineyards, Sue Veneer – Gift shop manager, Ben Breakfast – Innkeeper and Leelah Eagle – Attorney at law.
Hulas and Homicide
Hula legend Winnie Waheli gave many people a reason to want to see her dead. This morning, her body was found on Kikiwai Beach. Featuring characters such as Leia Lailani – Champion hula dancer, Pono Pahu – Drummer, Mitch Awave – Aging surfer, Hanna Hobart – Amateur hula champion, Norm Room – Owner of the Kikiwai Queen Hotel, Minnie Molawi – Chief assistant judge, Mort Barks – Emcee if the event and Flora Fauna – Florist.
Murder Is Par For The Course On the 18th tee at Porous Pines Country Club, regional champ Holin Wunn met his demise. The gallery was shocked when he collapsed the middle of his backswing. Featuring characters such as Birdie Bigelow – Professional Golfer, Toten Klubs – Wunn’s Long-time Caddie, Carrie Bagshot – Bigelow’s Caddie, Nemo Brandt – CEO of Sadasi Sports Gear, Sandy Trapini – President of Porous Pines Golf Club, Macon Green – Greenskeepeer
Death Bemoans Her
When a body was found in the river, it threw a damper on the meeting of the Gazillionaire Girls Group. Was it indeed murder? Featuring characters such as Bertha Brothert – Founder and Chairwoman of Bertha Brothert Enterprises, Madame Magda - Fortuneteller, Anita Parr – Professional golfer, Cher Kolate – Candy heiress, Kay Ponworkin – President of Girl Power Employment Agency, Stella Story – Writer of children’s books, Penny Holdem – Professional poker player, Petter Bittler – Singer and actress, Rita von Sueman – Trial lawyer extraordinaire, Belle Rider – Cowgirl and rodeo star and Captain Cora Agees – Skipper of “The Perfection”.
Happy Deathday to You
When the huge birthday cake at Ronald Stump’s 50th birthday party exploded, foul play was suspected. Who would murder the billionaire? Featuring characters such as Elena Stump – Stumps Romanian trophy wife and former Miss Galaxy, Wolfpack Ruck – World-renowned chef, T. Bone Perkins – Billionaire energy tycoon, Polly Darken – Country and western singer, Willomena Sorrens – Tennis player, Garibaldi Roody – Mayor of New Metro, Zack Muckenburg – Young internet entrepreneur, Tris Makinmoney – Professional poker player, Michele Millions – Fitness guru and Nora Rabbitt – Gossip columnist.
Murder Plays A Sour Note
When the lights went out at the Pitz Supper Club as 1955 was rolling in, a killer took aim at an unsuspecting victim. Figure out what happened and solve the case. Featuring characters such as Lou Gumbardo – Band leader of “The Loyal Geraniums”, Roxy Romano – Owner of The Pitz and former dancer, Giovanni Fishi – Reputed mob boss, Mary Rose Looney – Songstress, Sammy Fenetra – Singer, Betty “Boom Boom” Baxter – Drummer, Tony “Ivory” Ivanski – Pianist, Shirley Fedora – Hat check girl, Richmond Dalley – Mayor of the city.
Cruise Director Sunny Sails knew a lot about the passengers. When she was found murdered, who could guess what scandals died with her? Featuring characters such as Lou Cruise – Travel agent, Molly Rotter – Professional speaker and cruise aficionado, Becky Messer – Jewelry designer, Rhoda Blogger – Billionaire real estate tycoon, Harv Carver – Poker chip collector and cruise ship gambler.
Matric Dance Mayhem and Murder
Students at Hang Loose High are nearing the end of their school years and the main question on everybody’s mind; who will be crowned the King and Queen of the dance? The time is coming to crown the royal pair, but unfortunately, somebody else’s time is up. All are suspect, from the jock to the class sweetheart, but only one is the culprit. Is it possible to find the elusive offender amongst the big hair and hippies? Come and join these grooving teens and gnarly chaperones for a night of disco fever, flower power and homicide.
Caravan Park Calamity
The Green Acres Caravan Park is hosting their annual Braai Festival and this year the event promises not to disappoint. Everybody knows everybody, and the plot thickens, as those with grudges mix and mingle. Someone is about to crack, while another is going to break, permanently. Who would commit such a crime? The Gun Fanatic who enjoys the great outdoors, who hunts game, yet ‘accidently’ shoots people. Could it be the rough and tough trucker, who’s here one day and gone the next? The parolee who is only looking to start afresh and would do anything to stay out of jail?
Fine Art and Murder
Rosy Parker is a very well-known art critic, currently working for ‘Sketchy Times Magazine.’ The caustic pieces she wrote about the art world, ended many promising careers. One day, it was broadcast that the visual artist Remmy Brand was coming into town to promote an art exhibit at the World of Art Gallery. Rosy, of course, had to comment and tell everyone that she would again be attending this prestigious event. The last exhibit reviews that Rosy penned of Brand’s works of art, let’s just say, were not very positive. But will this review ever be printed? Because, as Rosy was spouting her critical words about the art work as well as the event, she suddenly fell over onto the floor unmoving. Silence following her words, never to utter them or any again.
Reunion Gone Bad
After 25 years, the Charles P Homicide High School Reunion has once again come around. What will it hold? So much time has gone passed, so much has happened. The time is now ripe to reunite with those old school friends or enemies and find out what everyone has been up to over the years. Regrettably, one of these old classmates is planning murder and they are ready to attack. Which one of these old class mates would commit such a crime?
Murder on the Grumpy Express
A wonder of the 1936’s was the sleek train that was owned by Paul Grumpy, an engineering genius, and was given the name “The Grumpy Express”. When delivering his breakfast in the morning, the porter found the lifeless body of Paul Grumpy. Featuring characters such as Dick Jet – Famous baseball player, Jan Mei – Beer Brewer, Katie White – Figure skater from Germany, Wally Palms – Renowned Lion Hunter, Luco Rotti – Famous Opera Singer, Liza Aren – Famous Paris Fashion Designer
Murder and Rhyme
On more than one occasion, while visiting the local bar, Madam Happy’s Saloon, Margery Kenny would have a bit too many to drink. This led her to let slip a few of her precious gems; the Mounties present, all to eager to lap up any evidence they could use to help clean up the town. What could be in store for Margery, singing like a bird for all to hear? Who would want to eliminate this irksome poet? Featuring characters such as Madam Happy – owner of the Madam Happy Saloon, John Wilson – Police Chief, Lin Mun – Leader of the China Women, Will Done – Mayor of Moose Jaw, Norma Knowes – Assistant to The Big Man.
Spears was convinced his production would be a hit and that members of the international press would take his story all over the world. Bringing him fame and fortune. The afternoon performance has begun, and Jones is appearing on stage for act two, when suddenly she clutches at her stomach and collapses onto the stage. Of course, everybody is so convinced that this is part of the play that it takes a few moments for the audience to realize that something has gone terribly wrong. There is a flurry of movement and somebody runs up to Jones, only to declare that she is dead!
Pirate Gold and Murder
Spanish explorer, Tray Sure came upon the story of Morgan and his treasure map. He was resolute in trying to find the pieces of the map, to bring them together and discover the location of the treasure. Unfortunately, he did not make it very far on his journey, as early one morning, his dead body was found in his room at the Scarlet Macaw Hotel. The room was turned upside down, obviously the murderer was searching for something he thought Tray had. Featuring characters such as Wayne Buffut – Humanitarian, Marion Montru – Performer, Bob Yates – Computer Specialist, Emmy Stitch – Expert Embroiderer, and Hillary Parus – Socialite.
Imagery of Love
This year’s theme at the Writers Ballad Convention, is all about Love, since it is after all being held on Valentines day. Each writer has their turn on stage, expressing their love the best way they know. One of the poets rises and lurches towards the stage, he stands and utters a few illegible words and unceremoniously falls down dead. Featuring characters such as Lucy Love – Chairperson of the Writers Ballad, Olivia Orchid – Flower shop owner, Kate Pearl – Designs clothing and knits, Akihiro Saito – owns a sushi restaurant, Erne Hems – Prize winning poet, John Smith – Janitor at the Town Hall, and Elaine Generous – Aspiring comedian.
Gambling with Murder
The question soon arose, who was Harry and why did he take on this unkempt cover up? Was there something he was looking for, as he roamed the busy streets night after night? Was his sudden demise a coincidence, or was it a deliberate plan and would the end result have unforeseen consequences? It was going to take skillful detective work to solve the dilemma and arrive at the correct answer. Featuring characters such as Jay Mans – Nightclub entertainer and singer, Dan Toms – Professional Card Player, Harry Rickson – Owner of Stars Pawn Shop, and Prince Lux – Royal Exotic car rentals.
Small Town Murder
A group of weather worn locals from the town of Tumbleweed close to North Carolina, are gathering together to pay homage to the very successful prospector Lincoln Skins. Those important residents of Tumbleweed took it upon themselves to show their respect to old Lincoln, by saying a few words about all he had done for those in the town. Lincoln himself had a turn, speaking very freely, which is only achieved by having downed a couple of Black Spaniels fine Tennessee whiskey, his favorite. After he had spoken he politely sat down and slumped over onto the table, dead as a door nail. Featuring characters such as Black Jack Gottem – Mayor of Tumbleweed, Bill Jones – Owned the Tumbleweed Bank, Delilah Petticoat – Town Doctor, Chief ‘Eagles Feather’ – Leader of the Chickpea Tribe, Lucy Hawk – Owner of the local saloon, Pearl Fingers – Famous sharp shooter in the region, and Striker Bellows – Local Blacksmith.
Malachi Stout's Family Reunion
The largely dysfunctional members of the Stout family have gathered at their ancestral home for a family reunion, hosted by the elderly Malachai Stout. None of the Stouts have ever gotten along particularly well with each other, but the promise of a substantial inheritance has encouraged them to at least put on their friendly faces and attend Malachai Stout’s occasional gatherings. Now, however, something awful has happened. This morning the door to Malachai’s bedroom was ajar, and Malachai’s lifeless body was crumpled upon the bed, his contorted purple features a mute testament to the fact that he had been smothered in his sleep. Further, the wall safe in Malachai’s study has been opened, and the precious Stout family jewels are missing!
I just wanted to say thank you so much for Saturday. It was so much fun and the staff loved it. Tina Taje, Submission Officer - Schengen - Operations, VFS Global
"I would just like to convey our thanks on behalf of our company, RisCura. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the murder mystery event ,it was lots of fun, and the facilitator was awesome.
Everything really worked out well." Bilquees Dawood, RisCura
"The staff had a wonderful time .
The food was great and the murder mystery game was awesome." Shantal Govender, Medscheme
"Once again I would just like to say thank you for everything. Saturday went off so well and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was such a beautiful day to just be outside on that grass and chill. The staff was so friendly and helpful in everything that needed to be done everything was on time, we didn’t have to wait." Miche Poggenpoel | Credit Controller | Club Travel Corporate
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The following are some of the venues where we have hosted Murder Mystery events in South Africa. You are welcome to arrange the venue yourself or if you prefer we can arrange the venue on your behalf.
Arabella Murder Mystery Team Building Venue in Cape Town
Nestled deep in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere, a breath-taking 1 hour and 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, is the unique Arabella Hotel & Spa. Located 30 minutes’ drive from the world-renowned whale watching haven of Hermanus, the region enjoys pure champagne air and quite possibly the most stunning scenery the picturesque Western Cape has to offer. The hotel itself offers the ultimate in luxury and a wealth of leisure and business options...
Browns of Rivonia Murder Mystery Team Building Venue in Sandton, Gauteng
Once a rambling old farmhouse, Browns is a Johannesburg landmark. Situated in the heart of Rivonia, the restaurant boasts one of the finest wine cellars in the country as well as offering total tranquillity in its private gardens. The large, though intimate, dining area spills out onto an airy patio that is opened up or closed in depending on the weather. Whether you are visiting Browns for an intimate dinner, a business lunch, a celebration or to entertain foreign guests, you will discover that service and quality are paramount...
Bundu Lodge Murder Mystery Team Building Venue in Nelspruit
For affordable and comfortable accommodation and team building facilities that is close to Nelspruit and all the major attractions that the Lowveld offers, look no further than Bundu Lodge. Whether you are looking for the opportunity to reconnect with nature or simply need a cosy bed and a delicious breakfast, the lodge is the ideal place to stay. The enthusiastic team is looking forward to doing whatever it takes to ensure that you will have a fantastic visit to the Lowveld...