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'Amdram is Murder' by Karen Ince

Amdram is Murder by Karen Ince
by Karen Ince
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
  • A "role pack" for each character
    • The scripted elements for 2 scenes
  • The Solution - 4 different endings (to allow multiple performances without spoilers!)
    • An explanation of who dunnit and why!
  • Additional Materials
    • A map of the village where the murder takes place (to be shared with the audience, showing location of the murder and other significant events).
What's an Interactive Murder Mystery?
  • A combination of drama from an acting company and detective work from the audience
  • In this case
    • The acting company take the roles of Marchfield Amateur Drama (MAD) a community theatre group rehearsing, of all things, a murder mystery, and two acts of drama are played out before the audience
    • Their lives are suddenly overtaken by a murder...
    • Eye-witnesses come forward and the suspects are identified and interrogated by the audience
    • The audience try to spot the murderer
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 8 people, including at least 1 man and 4 women
    • One set comprising furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 60 minutes
    • Improvised elements: 5 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 20 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Members of the Marchfield Amateur Drama company are rehearsing a period murder mystery. Amongst the assembled company we find :-

Cathy James: The producer of the murder mystery evening, a leading light in MAD. A very organised lady who likes to organise other people too.
Derek Sharp: The company's leading man and considered (by himself) to be quite good-looking, suave and sophisticated.
Fiona Barnes: One of the actresses. Kind-hearted and gentle.
Jenny Morris: Another actress, but cynical, brash, even hard.
Shelagh Harris: A third actress. At first appearance very typical British middle class, but it turns out she's not as up-tight as she might appear.
Eye-witness 1
Eye-witness 2
Eye-witness 3
On the surface - a typical village theatre, but underneath - jealousies lurk and the group harbours someone capable of murder!
Rehearsals are interrupted by the news of an unexpected death. Three eye-witnesses come forward with information. Can the audience find out the truth?
'Amdram is Murder' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £27.75 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 £42.50 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £42.50 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £21.25 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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