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'A Rehearsal for Murder' by Andrew Hull

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A Rehearsal for Murder 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 2 scenes
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • Written clues, including a newpaper report, official letters, a coded letter, and a location plan
    • Pages of the 'Siddlington Times', designed to be customised with photographs of the performing company.
    • 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 mystery is set at a rehearsal of Twelfth Night (at which the audience might be theatrical society members.
    • The cast perform scripted action during which a murder takes place.
    • In addition to clues from the on-stage action, the audience has a variety of written material to help them resolve the mystery.
    • The audience interrogate the cast and try to work-out whodunnit.
  • 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: 50 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Siddlinton Operatic and Dramatic Society are rehearsing their production of Twelth Night and things are getting a little fraught.
There's Andrew Hart the director, trying to hold the rehearsal together
His wife, local heiress Elizabeth is a bit of a prima donna
Graham Heatherington is a womaniser as well as an actor.
The production manager, Lynne is Graham's long-suffering wife.
David Boothroyd is an actor and local businessman.
Dance school manager, Kathy is David's wife
John Bradley is the company's stage manager
Jo Deacon is a new member
Gary Collins is another newcomer
There's also a Narrator on hand to manage the proceedings.
The rehearsal goes badly. Just how badly is evident from the title!
It's up to the audience to solve the mystery.
'A Rehearsal for 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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