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'An Extortionate Death' by Ian McCutcheon

An Extortionate Death by Ian McCutcheon
by Ian McCutcheon
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 script for 2 scenes
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • Explained by the detective
  • Additional Materials
    • A blackmail letter
    • A police scene-of-crime report
    • A newspaper extract
    • A forensics report
    • A pathology report
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 performs two scripted scenes, during which, a murder is discovered.
    • The cast are taken off to be questioned by the police and meanwhile the police's evidence is shared with the audience by means of a series of written briefs.
    • The audience interrogate the cast (amongst whom only the murderer is allowed to lie!)
    • After the audience have made their guesses, the murderer is revealed via the Narrator's script.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 7 people, including at least 3 men and 3 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 25 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 20 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Professional blackmailer Jack Hammer has invited his latest collection of victims to his country house, but shortly after their arrival, Hammer himself is found dead. Suspicion, falls on those present:-
George Cross , Hammer’s recently appointed personal assistant.
Bruce Elosis, a Police Superintendant who may have been taking bribes.
Den Tallbridge, a Harley Street dentist with a dodgy practice or two.
Tamara Sandwich, a rich society girl with a cocaine habit.
Victoria Sandwich, Tamara's sister, a prominent MP who has used her influence unwisely.
Claire Voyant, an author who is accused of ‘borrowing’ her best plot.
There is also a Narrator who acts as master of ceremonies and, when all's said and done, reveals the solution.
'An Extortionate Death' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £19.25 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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