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'Some Anniversary' by Geoff Fulford

 
Some Anniversary by Geoff Fulford
by Geoff Fulford
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 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 4 scenes
  • A "role pack" for each character
    • A character brief
  • The Solution - 5 different endings (to allow multiple performances without spoilers!)
    • An explanation of who dunnit and why!
  • Additional Materials
    • There is a map of the venue so that the audience can visualise the events described by the cast.
    • 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
    • A murder mystery in which the cast perform a set of speeches (formal and informal, fitting the occasion)
    • After a murder is discovered, the cast circulate amonst the audience and improvise (based on character briefs) answers to audience questions
    • The cast retire and the audience make their accusations.
    • The MC reveals whodunnit (and may award prizes for the best solutions from the audience).
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 9 people, including at least 3 men and 5 women
    • One set comprising furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 20 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 25 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
It is the 30th wedding anniversary dinner of Clark and Barbara Seville (at which the audience are guests). The assembled company includes
Victoria Falls Clark's sister
Sue Flay Barbara's sister
Eddie Bull Clark's nephew
Alison Wonderland Eddie's girlfriend
Annette Curtain a middle-aged widow
Ivor Grudge a middle-aged man
Guiding the proceedings is a professional Master of Ceremonies (who turns to guiding the audience)
To say that people do not take kindly to the barbed comments in the speeches would be an understatement - given that the result is murder.
'Some Anniversary' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £16.00 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 £25.00 for each performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
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