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Mystery Theatre in the Park

Duration: 3-4 hours
Budget: $0

In this roleplay scenario, you and your partner are going to bring a mystery theatre performance to life in the beautiful parks of Ordu, Turkey. Invite some friends to join the fun and create an unforgettable experience.

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  • The scenario is an imaginary mystery theatre play that you and your partner will perform out in the public. Set in the gorgeous parks of Ordu, you will be the primary characters in a charming drama. Start the play with a mysterious crime, then start unraveling the mystery as the play progresses. Break the fourth wall, interact with the viewers and involve them in the story. The aim is to create an exciting story, set in real-time and real places, which makes the play more exhilarating.
  • The storyline can be any mystery that you find exciting. You could play private detectives or police officers trying to solve the crime. The rest of the group are also characters in the play. They could act as supporting characters or play unique roles like witnesses, criminals, or mystery people. Use the scenic spots in the park as different parts of your story, like the crime scene, detective office, questioning place, etc. As the day ends, complete the mystery, announce the criminal and end the play with your interpretation of justice.
  • This free activity does not require anything else than your creativity. End your story as the sun sets to create a magical atmosphere that you will remember for a long time.

Preparation steps:

  • Since this is a free activity, the most crucial part of the preparation is creating the mystery story for your play. Do some research or brainstorm with your partner to come up with a gripping mystery. Create distinct roles for the characters in the play and assign them to your friends.
  • Make sure to choose a suitable park in Ordu for your roleplay. Consider the weather forecast and keep an eye on reliable weather updates. Inform your friends about the play, their roles, venue, and timing in advance. Remember, the play's success largely depends on the participation of the group.
  • While this scenario does not need props or costumes, if you have limited resources at your disposal, use them creatively. For instance, grab a random hat or a shawl and assign prop value to it. Similarly, use the park's spaces inventively as crime scenes, offices or home.

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Some tips:

  • Although this activity is relatively easy to pull off, here are a few tips. First, keep the storyline simple and interactive. The more you interact with your audience, the more engaging the storyline will be.
  • Second, respect the public park rules. While this is a roleplay, it is important to ensure that your activities do not disturb other park visitors. As you're conducting the play in public, avoid explicit acts and language.
  • Lastly, have fun. This should be the ultimate goal. Make sure everyone is having a good time, the storyline is fun and engaging, and at the end of the day, all the participants remember this roleplay as a unique and delightful experience.

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