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'Sudden Death at Thornbury Manor' by Chris Lewis & Carol Hutton

Sudden Death at Thornbury Manor by Chris Lewis & Carol Hutton
A Murder Mystery Event in the style of an old-fashioned Radio Play
by Chris Lewis & Carol Hutton
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 scripted scene
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution - 4 different endings (to allow multiple performances without spoilers!)
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • A few hints for the audience!
    • 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 drama is presented as a radio play, performed live - with the actors working like radio actors, in front of microphones, and members of the company creating live sound effects
    • The actors perform a scripted set of opening scenes, at the end of which a murder takes place. (This is "a company performing a radio play" the audience hear the gun shots, but do not see a corpse!)
    • The acting company mingles with the "audience", answering their questions
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 11 people, including at least 3 men and 5 women
    • One set comprising furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 80 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 35 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
The radio play (performed on stage in front of old-fashioned microphones) takes place in 1954, in and around Thornbury Manor, home of the Maltravers family.
Caroline Maltravers - Lady of the house - wife of Richard - mother to Alice & Rebecca
Richard Maltravers - Entrepreneur - husband of Caroline - father to Alice & Rebecca
Alice Maltravers - Doctor's Receptionist and daughter. Currently lives with her parents
Rebecca Maltravers - Second-born daughter. Artist and painter, currently living in St Ives
John Cruickshank - Point-to-Point Trainer & Jockey - boyfriend of Alice Maltravers
Susan Taylor - Housekeeper (and nanny to children when young)
Mary Wells - Maid Alan Smith - Gardener/groom/odd-job man/chauffeur
Harold Williams - Doctor
At the end of rhe play, shots ring out as Richard Maltravers is murdered...

In addition to the cast of the play, the acting company includes
A BBC Newscaster (who acts as master of ceremonies)
A Chief Sound Engineer and his Assistant (who together make the noises for the radio play)
'Sudden Death at Thornbury Manor' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £26.00 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 £53.75 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £53.75 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £26.88 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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