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'They Never See It Coming' by Die Laughing Murder Mysteries

They Never See It Coming by Die Laughing Murder Mysteries
They Never See It Coming
by Die Laughing Murder Mysteries
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • The actors improvise the dialogue based on plot and character briefs provided by Lazy Bee Scripts
  • 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
    • An explanation of who dunnit and why!
  • Additional Materials
    • Table cards and
      A promotional leaflet for season two of “Beyond Belief” and
      A book sleeve for Darren Black’s new exposé book
    • Detective Sheets for the audience to submit their accusations
Note that Lazy Bee Scripts does not provide a script for the dialogue.
Because the actors are interacting with the audience, it is not possible to stick to a fixed script. Instead the actors improvise dialogue based on the "narrative arc."
What's an Interactive Murder Mystery?
  • A combination of drama from an acting company and detective work from the audience
  • In this case
    • The team behind the smash-hit ghost hunting show “Beyond Belief” gather to celebrate the winning of several awards.
    • But one of the team is not entering into the spirit of things...
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 3 men and 3 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Improvised elements: 100 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Tonight the cast and crew of reality TV haunting investigation show “Beyond Belief” are gathering to celebrate their awards from the Fortean Times for “Best Paranormal Entertainment Show” and “Best Use of Night Vision Goggles”. These awards (or “Ghoulies”) are the pinnacle of televisual paranormal achievement.
Prominent guests include:-
Ivor Feeling – Nervous presenter of “Beyond Belief”.
Fenella de Kay – The tyrannical producer of the award-winning show.
Erika Flora – Show psychic that talks with those beyond the veil.
Gary Burke – Show researcher and assistant to Fenella de Kay.
Cherry Chabona – The bubbly wannabe whose haunted house helped to put the show on the map.
Darren Black – An investigative journalist whose column “Shades of Grey” exposes charlatans.

Fenella de Kay stands up to thank everyone for making the show what it is. There is a very self-congratulatory tone around the room – but then Fenella drops her bombshell... It has come to light that the very episode that shot them all to fame was nothing but a tissue of lies, cooked up by Cherry with Gary Burke. Fenella has no moral option other than the show’s immediate cancellation. But someone realises that there is another option...
'They Never See It Coming' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £20.75 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 £43.00 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £43.00 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £21.50 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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