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'Ding Dong or Murder at the Belfry' by Archie Wilson

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Ding Dong or Murder at the Belfry by Archie Wilson
by Archie Wilson
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • The cast perform a script
  • The audience members question the cast
  • 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
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • 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
    • St Adolphus Campanology Society (SACS) have unexpectedly won a prestigious 8 bell peal competition in Oxford. The vicar has thrown a celebratory party for the whole congregation.
    • The acting company perform a brief opening scene, at the end of which a murder takes place.
    • A detective does an opening interrogation of the suspects, then the suspects are interrogated by the audience.
    • The audience try to spot the murderer, then there is a brief final script in which the murderer is revealed.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 6 men and 4 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Improvised elements: 90 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
SACS, a bell-ringing society have won a prestigious competition in Oxford. They throw a party to celebrate their triumph, inviting the whole church congregation. The following are the guests of honour:
Patrick Peal: Conductor and caller of SACS, married to Pauline Peal. An ex-army major.
Pauline Peal: Patrick's wife and fellow bell ringer at SACS. Plays bell two.
Campbell Clanger: A bell ringer at SACS. Has a reputation for being a bit of a womaniser. Good with computers.
Clarrissa Chime: A bell ringer. Her other hobbies include karate, at which she is an expert.
Belinda Bell: A bell ringer. Belinda has seen more than her fair share of men, and is married to Brian Bell (for now!).
Brian Bell: Belinda's husband and fellow bell ringer. At least one sandwich short of a picnic.
Bob Minor: A prodigous composer and all-round music nerd.
The Reverend Samuel Seaton: Vicar of St Adolphus's church, whom SACS represent in their bell-ringing competitions.
During the celebrations the door bursts open and Melanie Marchant , a ringer from a rival group, barges in accusing SACS of stealing her society’s composer...then someone has an 'accident'... Enter super sleuth Sherbert Holmes to help the guests solve a dastardly murder!
'Ding Dong or Murder at the Belfry' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £15.00 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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