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'A Frightful Evening' by Ian McCutcheon

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A Frightful Evening by Ian McCutcheon
by Ian McCutcheon
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • The cast perform a script
  • The audience try to work out whodunnit

What Does Lazy Bee Scripts Provide?
Lazy Bee Scripts supplies a pack of material, including:-
  • An Overview for the Organiser, including
    • Guidelines for preparing the mystery
    • Guidelines for running the mystery
    • Suggested timings
  • The script for 2 scenes
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • Six pieces of evidence for the audience to examine
    • Detective Sheets for the audience to submit their accusations
What's an Interactive Murder Mystery?
  • A combination of drama from an acting company and detective work from the audience
  • In this case
    • A Frightful Evening is a Murder Mystery designed to be played by 7 actors.
    • The actors perform two formal scenes, then the audience receive additional written clues from which they try to solve the mystery before a speech by the narrator reveals the guilty party.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 4 men and 3 women
    • One set comprising furniture and practical doors/windows
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 70 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Courtney Fish is a crime writer, and although rich and famous she has a serious heart condition. The beneficiaries to her will are due to gather at her home, and someone's in for a fatal shock. Those appearing are:
Courtney Fish: A famous, wealthy crime writer
Flora Light: Her secretary and PA, whose mother urgently needs expensive medical care.
Claude Ball: Her husband, although an acrimonious divorce is already under way.
Willy Turner-Lampon: Courtney's lawyer, and a gambler whose creditors are chasing him for money.
Jilly Fish: Courtney's sister. Not on the best of terms with Courtney, but needs money for a business venture.
Herr Ringull: An Austrian fisherman, who once saved Courtney's life, and is now about to go bankrupt.
The script also calls for a Narrator who acts as Master of Ceremonies, distributing further evidence before the accusations, and revealing the solution at the end.
'A Frightful Evening' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £20.00 for the Murder Mystery Pack
    • Download from the Lazy Bee Scripts web site as a zip file
    • Contains master files of all essential materials
    • Can be used multiple times by your acting company (but you need a performance licence for each performance)
  • A fee of £20.00 for each performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
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