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A Brief Period of Rejoicing by Jane Morris
A Brief Period of Rejoicing
A Scripted Murder Mystery Event
by Jane Morris
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery which could be used at a private party (with guests taking roles) or performed to an audience
  • The cast perform a script
  • The cast question one another based on their character briefs
  • The audience members (if any) question the cast
  • The audience (or party guests) 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
    • Alternative suggestions for running the mystery at a private party or in front of an audience
  • A "role pack" for each character
    • The scripted elements
    • A character brief
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • The picture above: 'VE-Day Party, Birch Road, Romford' (Courtesy of Phil Steer, www.Romford.Org, and William Dale)
    • A tie breaker question and answer
    • An MP3 file of the opening speech - the VE day broadcast of Winston Churchill!
    • Detective Sheets for the audience to submit their accusations
What's a Murder Mystery Event?
  • The audience members (or party guests) are brought together for a ficticious 'special event' (and encouraged to dress appropriately for the occasion). A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • "Welcome to Eney Street! It is June 1945 and everyone has been invited to join a street party to celebrate VE Day!"
    • The "audience" has the role of the VE Day revellers (and should be encouraged to dress in period costume)
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 5 men and 3 women
    • One set comprising furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 25 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
The Eney Street VE Day Party guests include
Edna Phillips - aged about 50, a widow from WW1, a very nervous lady
Bernard Phillips - aged 28, Edna’s son, a conscientious objector
Major Henry Thomas – aged between 50 and 55, pompous, upper class, walks with a stick because of a gammy leg
Grace Thomas – aged about 40, very stylish and classy lady, dresses well, thinks she’s a cut above the residents on Eney Street
Ivy Martin – aged about 25, a Land Army Girl, engaged to George
Joe W Flight – aged about 25, a very dishy American airman
Private George Evans – aged about 25, a down to earth squaddy who has seen action, engaged to Ivy
Len Cousins – aged about 55, a docker, saw active service in the trenches in WW1
The party is interrupted when Bert Cousins, Len's son (and the local black-marketeer) is found murdered...
'A Brief Period of Rejoicing' - 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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