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'Murder at the Manor' by Really Horrid Productions

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Murder at the Manor by Really Horrid Productions
A Murder Mystery Event
by Really Horrid Productions
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • The actors improvise the dialogue based on plot and character briefs provided by Lazy Bee Scripts
  • 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
  • A "narrative arc" for the mystery
    • Key plot points
    • Essential events
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • An explanation of who dunnit and why!
  • Additional Materials
    • Collateral material to make the 'event' more realistic: allows you to print event cards and an incriminating letter for distribution at the event.
    • Detective Sheets for the audience to submit their accusations
Note that Lazy Bee Scripts does not provide a script for the dialogue.
Because the actors are interacting with the audience, it is not possible to stick to a fixed script. Instead the actors improvise dialogue based on the "narrative arc."
What's a Murder Mystery Event?
  • The audience members are brought together for a ficticious 'special event' (and encouraged to dress appropriately for the occasion). A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • The event, set in 1926, is a dinner at a "weekend retreat", hosted by Sir Clive and Lady Clarissa Worthington-Jones
    • The "audience" has the role of the people invited to the retreat - society worthies and acquaintances of the family
    • As the actors progress with the toasts and speeches, the plot mystery develops until one of the characters is found murdered...
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 7 to 8 people, including at least 3 men and 4 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Improvised elements: 80 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
The year is 1926. The place is the country estate of Sir Clive and Lady Clarissa, home to the Worthington-Jones family since the Seventeenth Century. The event is the evening meal to mark the start of a weekend retreat at the estate. The audience are all invited family friends and members of the aristocratic social circle in which Sir Clive and Lady Clarissa move.
In addition to the aristocratic hosts, other notable guests at the soiree include:
Dora Worthington-Jones Their 21 year old daughter.
Hugo Bottomley MP A Tory politician and close 'friend' of Dora.
Sandy Greatham A long standing 'houseguest' and social secretary to Sir Clive.
Madge Thistlethwaite A close confidant to the family.
Myra Barker-Mowles A popular socialite.
The dinner should be a pleasant and engaging occasion but family skeletons are revealed and some very dubious business arrangements come to light which eventually lead to two murders.
'Murder at the Manor' - 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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