Murder mystery dinners are great fun, you get to take on a whole other persona for the evening as you battle crime (or try to pin it on someone else). For quite a few people, however, becoming someone else can be difficult, especially when things get intense. These tips and advice will help you to remain in character for the entire evening, so you can find out ‘whodunnit’.

Build up your character

When you have your character, go outside and simply watch people for a while. Watch the way people walk, how they speak to each other, how they generally interact with the world around them. People’s eyes and faces are the most expressive parts of the body, so pay special attention to them. If you see any particular characteristics you like or find interesting, write them down and incorporate them into the portrayal of your character. This will help you add depth to your character, making them easier to play.

Keep in touch with your fellow diners

A lot of people feel extremely vulnerable pretending to be someone else; especially if they change their accents or wear clothing they would never choose in their day to day life. By keeping in touch with everyone else that’s going to be in your game, and making sure you’re all as comfortable around each other as possible, you’ll feel better about using that funny accent or wearing that wig. You should also remember that everyone else will be feeling the same way as you.

Read your character and any other information you’re given

Your character sheet and any additional information you’re given before the game is intended to not only to help you, but to ensure that the game runs smoothly. Making sure you know everything inside out at the start of the game will make you feel a lot more secure and safe playing the game, and will contribute to the overall quality of the evening.

Have confidence in yourself

It’s human nature to be highly self-critical, but if you spend the entire evening worrying about everything you do or say, you won’t be able to get properly into character and you won’t enjoy yourself. Focus on having fun and giving a great performance, and you’ll find yourself not only acting as your character, but thinking as your character.

Tips for the dinner

A murder mystery dinner can be very intense, so make sure you get a good night’s sleep beforehand. Other good advice would be to not drink alcohol or eat before the dinner. Not only do you want to be able to enjoy the delicious food provided on the night, but you don’t want to be ‘the drunk one’. Whilst no one will remember things such as your funny accent, they will remember if you’re slurring your speech and unable to concentrate.

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