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'The Wake' by Archie Wilson

The Wake by Archie Wilson
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 carries out a scripted interrogation of the suspects
  • 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
  • A "narrative arc" for the mystery
    • Key plot points
    • Essential events
  • 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
    • At the Wake and Will-reading of the late Havelock Cartwright (a magician and illusionist), the acting company perform a brief opening scene, at the end of which a murder takes place.
    • A detective interrogates the suspects, then the suspects are interrogated by the audience.
    • The audience try to spot the murderer and there is a brief final script in which the murderer is revealed.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 7 men and 4 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 15 minutes
    • Improvised elements: 100 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Havelock Cartwright, magician and illusionist, has died. He has asked, however, that a wake be held in memory of his life and that people should have a “bloody good time”. To help matters along he has declared that his last will and testament be read during the wake. This is done and there are some very, very disgruntled family members, some of whom want revenge!
Enid Cartwright Havelock’s widow
Ulysses Cartwright their eldest son
Elisa Benjamin their daughter
Andrew Benjamin son-in-law
Josephine Cartwright daughter-in-law
Grantchester Cartwright youngest son
Zacharia Wilkins Havelock’s factotum
Delicious Wilkins Havelock’s maid
Hubert Clegghorn Havelock’s solicitor
Master of Ceremonies Facilitator of the proceedings
Enter super-sleuth Sherbert Holmes to help the guests solve a dastardly murder!
'The Wake' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £21.75 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 £48.50 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £48.50 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £24.25 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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