The interactive murder mystery game where it’s up to YOU to prove your worth as a detective by solving a heinous killing.
We specialise in offering the ideal mystery for your event or venue.
The guests are gathered…
Sitting at tables of about ten they drink a glass or two of finest port, brandy, even champagne if they are feeling fancy! There’s a sense of mystery in the air; a palpable sense of fun mixed with
Suddenly an unusual character bursts into the room. An army general? A wandering wizard? A hardboiled noir private eye? Whoever it may be they seize the attention of the assembled guests and
introduce themselves as their host. Over the next fifteen to twenty minutes the host and the rest of the suspects perform an opening act filled with intrigue, tantalising plot, scintillating humour and – most
importantly – groan worthy, facepalm inspiring puns.
Then the door flies open. Any Taggart fan knows what comes next.
There’s been a murder.
And it’s up to the guests, these assembled detectives, to figure out whodunnit!
Can you Catch the Killer? brings high quality professional murder mystery events to venues across Scotland. Our policy is to provide high-quality murder mystery evenings with trained, professional actors and well written, intricate scripts from award winning writers. We always strive to be a step above and beyond your run of the mill murder mystery company and the audiences we perform to would agree. Our mysteries can fit any venue and we play in theatres, hotels, stately houses, castles, and in rural venues whose access to professional theatre would otherwise be limited.
Fun, funny and deliciously brain teasing, Can You Catch the Killer? mixes live game play with a high quality theatrical performance.
We offer a range of different styles to suit your venue or event
Absolutley any of our “Can you Catch the Killer?” scripts can also be performed as a Killer Dinner where we operate the evening around a meal or dinner served by the venue.
Perfect for those that want to make a real night of it.
Can You Catch the Killer?
Our standard “Can You Catch the Killer?” performance – good for any venue or ocassion.
Watch as our professionally trained cast of suspects perform a high quality script and then get your opportunity to interrogate each of them in turn in a team to try to determine who the killer was, why they did it and how.
The suspects are hidden around your venue and the guests must find and interrogate them.
The perfect way to show off the interesting and exciting elements of your location, we have performed these events in museums, theatres and anywhere that encourages players to wander freely. These add a tantalising extra element to game play. Will the killer slip through your grasp?
Make your hen party really special by hiring one of our mysteries to come out to your booked venue. Our events are always memorable and are a unique way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials!
We can be hired to provide entertainment for your corporate event or teambuilding activity day. There’s nothing better than testing your greymatter and solving a mystery together to really create a strong team!
Wizard School mystery party
Our most popular Murder Mystery event, hire us to bring a parody boy wizard themed murder mystery to your booked venue. There’s been a murder at Wizard School… but who could have done it?
We have a plethora of themes for your event:
We offer a huge range of themes, so we always have something that’s right for your event. Popular choices are scripts that offer exactly what you would expect from a murder mystery – Cluedo style, lavishly dressed Victorians or perhaps something along the lines of Sherlock Holmes or Midsomer Murders. These themes are perfect if you’re having an event in a stately house or castle and want something suitably posh.
We also offer events with a bit of a twist. If you’re after a cowboy themed murder mystery; we’ve got you covered. James Bond fan? We’ve got mysteries that you’re going to love. Want to solve a murder on the high seas? We’ve got pirate themed murder mysteries that will make you laugh so hard you’ll wind up in Davy Jones’ Locker.
What if we don’t have the exact script that you had been hoping for? Then we’ll create it for you. We offer a fully customisable bespoke service that will work around your themes, your venue, your occassion and your guests. We’ll work with you all the way and give you the perfect script for your perfect event.
We’ve also got mysteries that are tailored to your favourite time of year. If you’re looking to arrange something special for a Valentine’s day celebration then we’ve got mysteries ready to go (what could be more romantic than solving a crime together?) We love Halloween and our special ghoulish murder mysteries are a great addition to any Halloween party. We’ve got mysteries for Easter, April Fool’s day, Midsummer and Burn’s Night.
Suitable for all
Frequently we find that our most devious mysteries are solved by the very youngest players at our events. Maybe it’s their sharp young minds… maybe it’s because they are the only ones not drinking. Our mysteries are suitable for all ages and don’t contain any bad language. By necessity of course we will be describing scenes of murder and the plot may sometimes include drinking, smoking, gambling or affairs. Such things are only ever spoken of, never shown and never described graphically or upsettingly.
HOW THE EVENING WORKS
Our mysteries work to a three act structure. At your event, the first act will be played out by our cast: it will be a tongue in cheek, comedy affair with plenty of jokes and a very strong script. By the end of the first act a murder will be discovered.
The second act is interrogation, where the players in teams will get to interrogate each of the suspects to determine WHO the killer is, WHY they did it and HOW they did it.
In the third act, also acted out by our cast, we’ll reveal the solution and the team who gets the answer correct, or closest to correct, is presented with their certificate.
We can also perform as part of a KILLER DINNER murder mystery meal. In this instance we can perform act one before the starter, the interrogation before the main course, and the final act before dessert however the format is flexible.
We prefer to perform cabaret style with our actors moving amongst the players who will be at a number of tables. We
suggest tables of no more than 8 to 10 players with no more than two teams at any one table.
Although we have found that a cabaret style layout works best for these events we are able to adapt to any space.
The performance time is approximately 2 hours – this may vary dependent upon the number of teams attending, each of whom require time to interrogate the suspects.
In the event of a KILLER DINNER Murder Mystery Meal our performance time will vary depending on serving times and how long it takes the audience to eat each course
We can fit our events into any space, provided there is room for the players and room for us to move around between them. All we require is a place to change and to safely store our belongings. We provide our own PA system , costumes and everything else required for the show.
We don’t have any ideal lighting states due to the flexible nature of our events, however if you do have a lighting rig in the space it is often preferable to use them rather than house lights as it
creates a more engaging atmosphere. We don’t require any lighting changes. If you do have a lighting rig then please feel free to arrange it in whatever appropriately mysterious tone you desire.
Players are encouraged to make the most of any bar facilities you might have and we have no problem with people drinking or there being a bar present in the room of our performance.
Here at Can You Catch the Killer we have had the pleasure and honour to perform for a wide and diverse audience. From performing to royalty at the stately Dumfries House to performing to an audience of excited young festival goers in a pop-up theatre tent at the Youth Beatz festival: we really can adapt to any audience or situation.
Here are a few reviews from our detectives!
we have, over the years, performed for some familiar faces. Here are a few reviews from people you may recognise…
“A truly talented performer” – HRH Charles, Prince of Wales
“So very entertaining” – Dame Judi Dench
“You are legit!” – Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things)
“Absolutely wonderful” – Janice Forsyth (BBC Culture Studio)
“LOVE this” – Leah MacRae (River City, Gary Tank Commander)
we are delighted when the press take notice of our performances! Here are some reviews we have recieved.
★★★★★ – Theatre in Scotland – “Should be required viewing”
★★★★★ – The Scots Reviewer – “Safe to say one of the best performances at this year’s fringe”
★★★★ – The Public reviews / ★★★★ – The Outlier / ★★★★ – Three Weeks / ★★★★ – Edinburgh News /★★★★ – Broadway Baby / ★★★★- Edinburgh Guide / ★★★★ – Literature without borders / ★★★★- Mumble / ★★★★ – Across the Arts / ★★★★ – TV bomb / ★★★★ – The Skinny
“Well observed and funny” – The Scotsman
“The quality of the writing is distinguished and it’s delivery exceptionally charismatic” – the Skinny
“A funny, quick thinking, genuine performance” – Literature without borders
“Charming, witty and effortlessly entertaining” – Three Weeks
Perhaps the reviews that give us the most joy, however, are the ones left by our happy audience members. Over the years we’ve collected literally hundreds from events in theatres, hotels, music festivals and from our rural tours. Here are just a very small handful of some of our favourites.
“Been to three events. Loved every one. Love the way the actors interact with the audience and make us all laugh and feel part of it” – Karen Wells (Audience member from Fife)
“The cast created a great atmosphere and worked the room well. The jokes and one liners are great and I’d love to go again soon! Can’t wait till the next one.” – Catriona Elizabeth Hampson (Audience member from Dundonald)
“Really good I definitely want to be an actress” – Iona (Audience member from Youth Beatz in Dumfries. Age 7)
“So much fun, challenging and got to meet some amazing people! Totally want to do it again!!” – Ash Tree (Audience member from Glenrothes)
“Very funny and well put together, I highly recommend their team and events. Can’t wait for the next one !” – Jade Burnett (audience member from Dunfermline )
“These events are a life line to me since my wife died. I’d never be able to go to the big theatres and these events let me talk to and meet people. Thank you for coming to our village.” – Alan (Audience member from Mossblown)
“Made some lovely memories.” – Sally (Audience member from Barr)
We loved the Victorian themed “memento Mori” show for my daughter’s 12th birthday party! They were able to engage and follow the story thanks to the actors being so fun and engaging. I’ve had parents calling and texting me to say what an amazing birthday party it was! Can’t recommend them enough, really cool and different! More...
Kris Jane Marshall
the team where brilliant. never fully dropping character except for effect. couldn't recommend them highly enough. so funny. we where able to be engaged but still relax with friends to chat and enjoy our friends "last night of freedom" More...
Has the absolute pleasure of having the team perform at my sister in law's hen do on Saturday night. they were absolutely brilliant! funny, entertaining, professional - we didn't know what to expect but we're definitely not disappointed one little bit More...
absolutely fabulous night for my daughter's hen do. Mystery and murder solving..whodunnit
Recently went to the Space Fights murder mystery with the whole family. I cannot rate the event highly enough. The cast were fantastic and their ability to ad-lib made for a truly memorable evening.
My friend and I went to the Harry Potter murder mystery at the Marine Hotel in Troon. It was absolutely fantastic. The actors were great and the story was engaging. They also posed for pictures with everyone at the end of the night which was so nice. They were all super friendly and very talented. I would attend another, definitely. More...
Ann Marie Tait Chalmers
A great night at the Harry Potter themed event. What a fantastic cast, quick thinking on their feet to improvise at parts and very funny. Thoroughly enjoyed it
truly amazing and special
Fantastic show, would 100% recommend it. Funny and engaging. First murder myster I have been to and it was well worth it.
Great casts never laugh so much .
Great family entertainment! We loved the Harry Potter themed night.
amazing night! Cast are stellar and the script is hilarious! #TypicalRavenclaw
Terri Innes Lyon
Had a great evening at the mugged murder mystery evening. Brilliant fun, fantastic puns and one liners, and a lot of laughing.
A wonderful evening for the Harry Potter murder mystery. Had more fun than the kids
Wonderful evening at Dunfermline for their Harry Potter event! Very funny and well put together, I highly recommend their team and events. Can’t wait for the next one ! ��� More...
It behooves me to tell you that we had unbridled fun horsing around last night! We enjoyed it so much we'll be galloping along to another one soon...
Had an amazing night at the Hogwarts murder mystery! So much fun, challenging and got to meet some amazing people! Totally want to do it again!!
Had an amazing night at the Harry Potter murder mystery last night, can't wait to attend another will definitely be getting another night organised soon. Highly recommend!
The atmosphere was as thick as the blood spilled on the luxurious Persian rug, which made its way to Culzean Castle from the far reaches of ancient civilisation of the Far East. Was it the maid who just served your sliver service knife. Was it the concierge who offered to park you getaway car? Was it the cook who methodically prepared your exquisite meal leaving a taste in your mouth TOO good to be true.. or was it the polite dinner guest sitting next to you telling you their convincing back story! Hang up your inhibition & don your sceptical, suspicious & interrogating super sleuth. Come dressed in character and “can you catch the killer”? Thanks to ‘Simon Kick’ & crew not forgetting our team ‘The Swingers’ ( who are a rubbish but very entertaining fellow jury). More...
We love Can You Catch the Killer so much that we’ve been to two of their shows and booked another two private events - my mum’s 60th birthday party (for about 100 people) and friend’s hen do (for about 25 people). The mysteries are all excellent and they were so great at setting up private events that suited us- all of the guests said they had a fabulous time as well! Thank you Can You Catch the Killer!! More...
Rowena Ravenclaw would just like to congratulate you on a fab event today. It was my first time dressing up anf myself and my two children ( Hermione and Dedalus Diggle) had a great time. Hope to see u all again at another event. More...
Went to the Harry Potter event at the Lea Park hotel in Falkirk today with my kids, my friend and her wee girl. We all really enjoyed the afternoon. Very well organised and so much fun More...
Great cast, funny and well worth a visit. We’ve had 3 at Mossblown Community Centre and they’ve been brilliant
brilliant performers, funny, witty, exciting, ... who is the killer? highly recommended.
We went to the Murder at Wizard School in the Columba Hotel Oban. It was a brilliant afternoon the cast were fantastic. We really enjoyed the back story & trying to work out who did the murder. It was a really good performance and very engaging. Cant wait for the next one. More...
Definitely recommend! The cast came along to my friend’s special birthday party and we had such a good laugh. The actors were excellent and entertaining. A very memorable evening.
Had such a fun day with my brother and his partner at the Murder at Wizard School in Oban. The cast were excellent and kept in character throughout. Would absolutely recommend this company and experience over again, although it's child friendly, it in no way means it's not fun or interesting for the adults too. Look forward to attending another event in the near future. More...
A fantastic evening was had by all Thoroughly enjoyed this Harry potter themed murder mystery. The team who did the show were really good fun, the show was excellent and we all had a great evening. Also the team get brownie points for managing a group of drunken hens. Jagerpuffs Thank you for a fantastic evening. Would highly recommend this for any event. More...
Great night, tonight at FTH !! well done guys great entertainment !
The company have a huge range of themed scripts which are funny, smart, engaging and challenging. The actors are great and the shows can fit into any location from community halls to castles. Really slick and professional and a very entertaining night every time. More...
Fun night out. We went to the Wild West-themed show. Lots of debate amongst our team as to whodunnit, plenty of very good/bad horse puns, the actors were having fun with their characters. You get a chance to interrogate all the suspects and play Poirot/Miss Marple/Sherlock, whoever your favourite detective is. Highly recommended. More...
Great company. Lots of great scripts to choose from, with lots of varied themes (but ALL with lots of puns). A great night out for all, whether you're a wannabe sleuth, or just there for the craic, written by Kenny and performed by actors whose sole focus is that you have a great time.
Great fun for everyone! Funny, interactive and genuinely really good fun ♀️
Disappointed not to catch the Killer but fabulous evening. Loved the zombie sound effects from groaning at the jokes! - a Halloween pantomime!
Great night! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ totally different evening out! cast we're fantastic and atmosphere was fun!
Thanks so much for doing the Harry potter murder mystery at my sister's hen last night ! Can't recommend you guys enough , you had us all in stitches from start to finish and everyone absolutely loved the night . Thank you so much again xxx
Amazing night, hilarious and super competitive. Perfect
Superb addition to a hen party - what a laugh! Would highly recommend. The script was hilarious and everything was well executed. I have to say, although everyone was great - Karen was the star of the show!!!! More...
We had a great time at the Esplanade Hotel in Dunoon on the Harry Potter evening. A good laugh made even better by the special treatment our wee girl got from the actors, she was thrilled. Thanks again!
Been to two different shows and they were both amazing, will be going every chance I can.
Been to three events, loved every one, love the way the actors interact with the audience and make us all laugh and feel a part of it.
Catriona Elizabeth Hampson
Really great night tonight at the Harry Potter night! The cast created a great atmosphere and worked the room well. The jokes and one liners were great and id love to go again soon! can't wait till the next one!