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'A Grand Design for Murder' by Ian McCutcheon

A Grand Design for Murder by Ian McCutcheon
by Ian McCutcheon
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 running the mystery
  • The script for 2 scenes
  • The Solution
    • Explained by the detective
  • Additional Materials
    • Four police reports of various sorts.
    • 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
    • The acting company perform two scripted scenes (a total of a little under twenty-five minutes), during which a murder takes place.
    • After the murder, police evidence is shared with the audience through a set of written briefs.
    • The audience have the chance to interrogate the suspects, then submit their accusations of whodunnit.
    • Finally the detective (or Master of Ceremonies) explains who, how and why.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 7 to 8 people, including at least 3 men and 2 women
    • One set comprising furniture and practical doors/windows
  • 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?
Rich Pikkins and his partner Pattie O'Dawes have moved into their newly-built dream home and have invited a couple of their local drinking friends round for gin. Then some univited guests turn up, as Rich's past catches up with him. All told, the gathering includes
Ed Stone, a local funeral director.
Ed's business partner, Phil Graves.
Turning up uninvited, Art Dekkoe, the builder of the mansion.
Unexpectedly, Hugh, Pattie's step-brother and fomer colleague of Rich.
Even more unexpectedly, Ella Mentrie, a detective inspector.
Since there's a detective in the mix, there must be a case to answer - but who did what to whom, and why? A master of ceremonies (optionally Ella) encourages the audience to come to their own conclusions.
'A Grand Design for Murder' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £21.00 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 £29.50 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £29.50 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £14.75 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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