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'This Business of Murder' by Mike Standing

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This Business of Murder by Mike Standing
This Business of Murder
A Dinner Theatre Mystery
by Mike Standing
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 running the mystery
    • Suggested timings
  • The script for 2 scenes
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution - 3 different endings (to allow multiple performances without spoilers!)
    • 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
    • The acting company perform two scripted acts set in the boardroom of a small company.
    • One member of the company is murdered, and a detective takes charge of the investigation.
    • The suspects are sent out into the audience for a brief interrogation.
    • A brief scripted scene reveals the murderer.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 11 to 12 people, including at least 2 men and 6 women
    • One set comprising at least practical doors/windows
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 60 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Sir Alan Sweetener is not a very nice boss, so there's a distinct air of trepidation when he calls the other board members (his sisters) and senior staff together for a meeting. In the boardroom, we find
Sir Alan Sweetener the Boss of Sweetener’s Sweet Things
Victoria Sweetener Sir Alan’s dowdy and dotty sister
Constance Sweetener Sir Alan’s dowdier and dottier sister
Nick Brewer the company's Accounts Manage
Hannah McCanna Purchasing Manager
Stella Remington Production Manager
Angela Darling from the Marketing Department
Putting in a brief appearance, there's Toby Jugge a relatively junior member of staff from the Sales Office
Then there's Sir Alan's long-suffering secretary, Karen Underwood
Inspector John Sherlock of the local constabulary is constrained to put in an appearance. (You can guess why.)
There is also a Presenter who acts as master of ceremonies
and a non-speaking Caretaker who makes a brief appearance in Act 2.
'This Business of Murder' - 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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