Sunday, 30 November 2008

Who Killed The Black Cat??

It is 1942 in Casablanca, the largest city and main port of Morocco. The second World War is in progress and Casablanca has many visitors from many countries. Because Morocco is a French protectorate and the Nazi collaborating Vichy government is in charge, the Germans don't actively interfere in Moroccan affairs.

The deputy mayor, a social climbing bureaucrat, has invited a disparate bunch to his official residence for dinner. As well as his wife and daughter (Nicole), eight guests are to attend. The guests are:
- Pierre, Nicole's boyfriend, a left-leaning poet.
- Kirk, a self-centered American bar owner
- Otto, the local Gestapo representative, probably posted here to be out of the way since he seems to be mentally unbalanced
- A Russian Countess
- A Parisienne theatrical agent
- Cherie, a night club singer
- Ingrid, a Danish art dealer of dubious morals
- The Black Cat - an international mime artist and possibly a cat burglar.

On the evening of the dinner party, one of the guests - The Black Cat - fails to show. Just before the meal is due to start, the local police inspector enters unexpectedly and announces that The Black Cat has been murdered. The murderer(s) tried, clumsily, to make the murder appear to be a suicide. Since all the dinner guests knew The Black Cat in one way or another, the inspector believes that one or more of the guests has information which might lead to the discovery of the identity of the murderer(s)...

This was the (imaginary) setting of the dinner party thrown by my wife (with a little help from me). Our (real) guests had been allocated roles and had dressed appropriately. Marie had cooked an excellent meal in the style of WW2 French cuisine and we consumed copious amounts of fine red wine. We all had character booklets and instructions on how to participate, but basically, a framework for the dinner is provided and the rest is improvised by the participants. The result was a most enjoyable, laughter-filled evening. At the end, when the murderer(s) of The Black Cat was revealed, it was a surprise to us all - except the guilty, of course. None of us had taken part in this kind of activity before, and I can heartily recommend it. All you need is a group of friends prepared to join in the role play and glorious revelry is guaranteed to ensue.

Oh! - and Marie's anxiety took a holiday all evening



8 comments:

rosiero said...

Sounds great fun and so glad Marie was able to enjoy it too.

Kit Courteney said...

Ditto ^rosiero^.

I'd like an invite next time!

goodfather said...

Excellent! That sounds like so much fun - I've always wanted to try a murder-mystery party, although I never thought of hosting one. Hmmm.

I'm glad it turned out well. Except for The Black Cat, of course... ;)

Robert said...

Rosiero, Kit & Girlfriend(lol) - At Marie's dinner party ('cos I had very little to do with the organising of it), no one got drunk (well - not very) and while double-entendres were very plentiful, there was no swearing or sexually graphic language - yet everyone was obviously having a really enjoyable evening. It was the best dinner party I have ever attended.

Kit - if you live near the SW, you'd be welcome at the next one (and there WILL be a next one). Just bring an overnight bag and plenty of wine!

G/F (goodfather this time!) - hosting the murder-mystery party didn't require much more effort than hosting a "normal" dinner party. Like any dinner party, choosing the right guests is the most important part.

Coffeecup said...

I haven't commented much Robert, but I have been reading and enjoying the new style blog very much. Sounds like a happy home you have there at this moment, and it's coming through clearly in your writing.

Blaze looks adorable!! So cute!
Was he the killer of the Black Cat...??

Take care guys Xxx

Lavender mace said...

I love the idea of that. What fun. Great way of entertaining.

I've always thought it would be fun to do a mini-survivor set-up at the house on the fourth of July. Have the family over for a "picnic" and devide everyone up for a little competition lol

Glad you had fun :)

Robert said...

Dear Steph, Although you haven't commented for a little while, I assumed that you were still lurking. Taking you for granted, I am lol!

Don't fret about commenting - as you know, I don't comment on every post I read, either. Sometimes I just feel that I've nothing worthwhile to say.

Robert said...

L/m - You've got a good idea there. Now all you have to do is choose your characters & write it up! You might well have commercial success...