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'The Wedding Reception' by Archie Wilson

The Wedding Reception by Archie Wilson
The Wedding Reception
A Dinner Theatre Mystery
by Archie Wilson
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • A mix of scripted elements and improvisation based on plot and character briefs
  • A detective interrogates the suspects (who improvise their responses based on character briefs)
  • 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
  • The scripted scene
  • A "narrative arc" for the mystery
    • Key plot points
    • Essential events
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • Explained by the detective
  • Additional Materials
    • Detective Sheets for the audience to submit their accusations
What's a Murder Mystery Event?
  • The audience members are brought together for a fictitious 'special event'. A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • The event is a Wedding Reception, so it is ideal for dinner theatre!
    • The acting company are (mainly) the "top table" guests
    • The audience are also cast as wedding guests
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 5 men and 5 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 20 minutes
    • Improvised elements: 30 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
On the night of the wedding of Dillon and Lindi, the following people are present at the reception:
Lindi Jackson (neé Armitage), the bride
Dillon Jackson the groom
Bob Jackson Father of the groom
Sophie Jackson Mother of the groom
Gerald Armitage Father of the bride
Marjorie Armitage Mother of the bride
John Greengrass Best Man
Isobel Cranforth Bridesmaid
Penny Clithero Bridesmaid
Not everyone is happy about the union, particularly Dillon's father, Bob, an obnoxious egotistic tyrant. As skeletons tumble from cupboards one of the wedding party gets their comeuppance.
Enter super sleuth Sherbert Holmes to help the guests solve a dastardly murder!
'The Wedding Reception' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £22.25 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 £32.00 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £32.00 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £16.00 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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