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'A Legal Murder' by Ian McCutcheon

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A Legal Murder by Ian McCutcheon
A Legal Murder
by Ian McCutcheon
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • A mix of scripted elements and improvisation based on plot and character briefs
  • 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
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • Six pieces of written evidence
    • 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
    • The acting company perform a scripted opening scene, at the end of which a murder is discovered
    • The cast are taken off to be questioned by the police and meanwhile the police's evidence is shared with the audience by means of a series of written briefs
    • The audience try to spot the murderer
    • The acting company (in this case by means of a narrator) performs a final scripted scene in which the murderer is revealed.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 4 men and 3 women
    • One set comprising furniture and flats or backdrops
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 55 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Hugh Balls is the senior partner in a firm of solicitors. But he has made many enemies among the staff. Several are angry enough to want to kill him. Is Balls about to come to a shocking end? His potential enemies include:
Annette Curtain - Balls' faithful secretary and ex-lover, now sacked.
Olive Stone - A long-serving solicitor, about to lose her job for 'reasons of efficiency'.
Mike Rowchip - The Firm's IT expert, shortly to be fired due to no fault of his own.
Jenny Tayliah - Balls' latest 'conquest', but now 'let go' by Balls in an effort to save his marriage.
Dick Withers - The practice manager, now dismissed for defrauding the firm.
The script also calls for a Narrator who acts as a master of ceremonies, distributing further evidence before the accusations, and revealing the solution at the end.
'A Legal Murder' - 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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