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'Pass the Poison' by Jenny Gilbert

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Pass the Poison by Jenny Gilbert
A Scenario for a Murder Mystery Event
by Jenny Gilbert
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • The actors improvise the dialogue based on plot and character briefs provided by Lazy Bee Scripts
  • 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
  • A "narrative arc" for the mystery
    • Key plot points
    • Essential events
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • Explained by the detective
Note that Lazy Bee Scripts does not provide a script for the dialogue.
Because the actors are interacting with the audience, it is not possible to stick to a fixed script. Instead the actors improvise dialogue based on the "narrative arc."
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 event is a village hall party to celebrate the retirement of Betty Blocker
    • The "audience" has the role of the people invited to the party
    • As the (the "top-table guests") actors arrive and mingle, the plot develops until one of the characters is found murdered...
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 3 men and 4 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Improvised elements: 40 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
"I’m going to be 65, I’m retiring, I’ll have a birthday party to remember!" And she did!
Betty Blocker has been running the family farm by herself for 20 years. Now she's retiring, and they have all been invited - everyone living in the Hamlet of Belladonna.
Special guests include:-
Poppy White, 66, a writer, completely oblivious to all the trouble she causes, with a new book nearing completion...
Heli Bore, a widow in her 40’s, the local Vet, who chose a wealthy husband instead of marrying Robin
Ignatius Beans, in his late 20’s is Betty’s chauvinistic farm worker
Bryony Black, in her early 20’s
Robin Wake, an ex-Civil Servant in his 40’s
The party progresses until one of the guests is found poisoned! Enter local Police Inspector Cyrus Anide to investigate - but he's going to need some help...
'Pass the Poison' - 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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