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Murder Is Served by Jo West
Murder Is Served
A Dinner Theatre Mystery
by Jo West
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • The cast perform a script
  • A detective interrogates the suspects (who improvise their responses based on character briefs)
  • 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 running the mystery
    • Suggested timings
  • The script for 2 scenes
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • A sample menu for Lyndsay's restaurant
    • Detective Sheets for the audience to submit their accusations
What's a Murder Mystery Event?
  • The audience members are brought together for a ficticious 'special event'. A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • It's a surprise birthday party for Clarissa Hopgood, but she had a bad experience last time she visited Lyndsay's restuarant, and she's determined to share it!
    • The guests and staff try to make it a happy event, but Clarissa's behaviour seems designed to thwart them.
    • As the event descends towards chaos, it is revealed that several members of the assembled company are not what they seem to be!
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 9 to 11 people, including at least 4 men and 5 women
    • One set comprising furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 55 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
The audience has been invited as guests to a surprise eightieth birthday party for Clarissa Hopgood, organised by her long-suffering companion, Alice Roper. The party is being held at Lindsay's restaurant, where we find:
Juan Gonzalez the Spanish chef
Delilah White a waitress
Toby Lindsay restaurant proprietor
Clarissa Hopgood wealthy old lady
Alice Roper Clarissa’s companion
Clive an entertainer
Gloria an unexpected arrival
Julia a party guest
Reverend Green an old friend of Clarissa’s
Two Waitresses part of the restuarant staff
Clarissa enjoys being cantankerous, and the party doesn't go the way it was planned - especially when two of the company wind-up dead!
'Murder Is Served' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £18.00 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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