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'M'Nango Valley' by Really Horrid Productions

M'Nango Valley by Really Horrid Productions
A Murder Mystery Scenario
by Really Horrid Productions
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
    • An explanation of who dunnit and why!
  • Additional Materials
    • Brochures, tickets, press cuttings and table decorations for the M'Nango Valley Theme Park Launch - designed to make your event look more realistic!
    • Detective Sheets for the audience to submit their accusations
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 fictitious 'special event'. A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • The event is the launch of the new M'Nango Valley theme park
    • The 'audience' has the role of the people invited to the launch - local worthies and potential investors and suppliers
    • As the actors progress with the launch presentation, the plot mystery develops until one of the characters is found murdered...
    • Arguments and recriminations follow, leading to another murder...
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 7 to 8 people, including at least 3 men and 4 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Improvised elements: 80 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Oregon Smith, the intrepid explorer, has purchased land on Stockgrove Park, a local estate (close to the venue for this event). He will use the land to build a theme park, celebrating African culture and history (in a slightly warped way!)
The event is a gathering to launch the plans of the park to local residents and business representatives (the audience).
Oregon Smith is there in person, to expound on his plans.
Also present are:-
Tanya Smith, Oregon's new 'trophy wife'
Lady Stockgrove who sold land to Smith and is now horrified by his plans
Rick Adams, newly hired manager of the park, on the rebound from a German theme park
Jane Wilde, Oregon's fixer on the local council.
Oregon's plans for the park are already raising the hackles of his team, when the event is gatecrashed by Scrapey a renound environmental activist who believes the park will damage the habitat of a rare butterfly.
He is accompanied by fellow eco-warrior Sunbeam
The entrance of Scrapey and Sunbeam throws the whole event off the rails. Chaos ensues, eventually leading to two murders.
'M'Nango Valley' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £21.25 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 £40.00 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £40.00 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £20.00 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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