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'Who Sleighed Santa' by Really Horrid Productions

Who Sleighed Santa by Really Horrid Productions
A Scenario for a Murder Mystery Event
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
    • Printable table cards, promotional leaflets used in the story, and business cards for distribution at the event
    • 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' (and encouraged to dress appropriately for the occasion). A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • The event is an exclusive event organised by the legendary Santa Claus for a group of specially invited VIP guests. There are rumours and wild speculations that Santa has a big announcement to make…
    • Since the event has a Christmas theme and the performers will be dressed accordingly, there is scope for the audience to dress in appropriate themed costumes to add to the atmosphere.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 8 to 9 people, including at least 4 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?
Santa Claus has invited an exclusive audience to announce future plans for Christmas!
In addition to Santa, other notable guests at the dinner include:
Betty Claus: Santa's wife.
Mavis the Elf: Manager of the Santa Toy workshops.
Ralph Dollop: Chief Reindeer handler.
Mary Christmas: Tabloid ‘party girl'.
Richard Brimstone: Business mogul.
Doris Hanker: PA to Mr Brimstone.
Lord Lancelot Ffarquarsson-Smy: CEO of CheeryToys.
What should be a wonderful occasion is shattered as Santa announces radical and unexpected business plans which throw the evening into chaos. Before long the unthinkable happens and Santa is murdered!
'Who Sleighed Santa' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £22.00 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 £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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