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'Murder at the Movies' by Mary Portalska

Murder at the Movies by Mary Portalska
by Mary Portalska
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 3 scenes
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • 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 cast perform a couple of scripted scenes during which a murder takes place.
    • A detective arrives to take charge of the investigation and after a scripted scene he invites the audience to interrogate the cast.
    • The audience submit written accusations.
    • The cast perform a final scripted scene in which the murderer is revealed.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 5 men and 3 women
    • 2 sets including furniture and flats or backdrops
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 50 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 15 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Morder at the Movies takes place in 1945, the golden age of British filmmaking. 'Brief Liaison' is being filmed at Henham Film Studios in Buckinghamshire. Unfortunately, Charles Reynolds, the director, has made some decisions that have upset the cast and crew. On the set with him are:-
Leading man, Laurence Craven, whose acting does not inspire the rest of the cast.
Laurence's wife, Clara Bennett, the leading lady.
Actor Freddie Lancaster who was originally cast in the lead.
Disgruntled screenwriter, Bertie Hayes.
Production assistant Frances Malory, who is suspiciously close to Charles.
Make up assistant Lillian Peters, who has been told-off for loitering on the set.
Conflicts on and off the set come to a head with a murder. Detective Inspector Aubrey Hart is called in, but needs the help of the audience to solve the case.
'Murder at the Movies' - 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 £35.75 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £35.75 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £17.88 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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