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'A Vintage Murder' by Andrew Hull

A Vintage 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
    • An introduction to the event.
    • 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
    • A murder mystery in which a cast plays two scripted scenes during which a murder takes place.
    • On the basis of what they have witnessed, plus background material from the Table Pack, the audience interrogates the suspects.
    • The audience (teams) declare their suspicions.
    • The (surviving) cast members play a final denouement scene.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 10 people, including at least 4 men and 5 women
    • One set comprising furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 60 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
On 21st August 1926, the drawing room of Siddlington Hall is busy with family, staff and friends, gathered to prepare for an engagement party. The gathering includes:-
George Trumpington-Smyth whose engagement is being celebrated
Mary Strafford, George's fiancée
George's father, Sir Charles Trumpington-Smyth
Sir Charles' wife, and mother of George, Lady Jane Trumpington-Smyth
Archibald Williams, a famous archaeologist
Archie's assistant, Annette Webster
John Tallis, valet to Sir Charles
Helen Southern, lady's maid
American film star Dotty Mayfield
With Dotty's arrival, things get unexpectedly heated. Later, shots ring out, and there's a murder for the audience to solve.
The acting company is augmented by a 'Narrator' who acts as master of ceremonies for the mystery.
'A Vintage Murder' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £25.25 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 £47.50 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £47.50 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £23.75 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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