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'A Shotgun Wedding' by Andrew Hull

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A Shotgun Wedding by Andrew Hull
by Andrew Hull
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
  • The script for 3 scenes
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • Audience clues in the form of three newspaper extracts, two official letters and a coded note
    • An 'Intro Sheet' giving a basic introduction to the evening
    • Hall Plan - supposed layout of the hall where the wedding is taking place.
    • Table clues 'cheat sheet' - an explanation for the performers of the table clues and red herrings
    • 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
    • The cast perform a scripted scene, at the end of which, a murder takes place.
    • The audience are invited to interrogate the suspects, based on what they have scene and written clues.
    • The cast perform a brief second scene, after which the audience members are invited to declare who they accuse of the merder.
    • The cast perform a final scripted denouement.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 10 people, including at least 5 men and 4 women
    • One set comprising furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 45 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
John Davenport has aggressively built a successful electronics and computer company. A few months ago he met the niece of one of his junior partners and fell in love. Although she is over thirty years his junior, the feeling seems to have been mutual and a whirlwind romance ensued. At their wedding reception, in the banqueting hall of the Great Bantworthy Golf club, we find
John Davenport The Groom.
Simon Davenport John’s younger brother and best man.
Juliet Lightfoot the bride.
Mark Lightfoot Juliet’s brother.
Eleanor Brock junior partner as well and Mark and Juliet’s aunt.
Stephen Frost junior partner and top salesman.
Sophia Frost Stephen’s wife.
Geraldine Fisher John’s PA and wedding organiser.
Dennis Dickson photographer and video man.
In addition, there's a Narrator to ensure the smooth running of the evening.
The caterers are running late, as are John and Juliet - something has obviously happened between them, but neither is saying what. Tensions mount further as insults fly during the wedding speeches. Shortly afterwards, a shot rings out...
'A Shotgun Wedding' - 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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