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'Death of a Well-Spoken Gentleman' by Stuart Ardern

Death of a Well-Spoken Gentleman by Stuart Ardern
Death of a Well-Spoken Gentleman
A WI Murder Mystery
by Stuart Ardern
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery which could be used at a private party (with guests taking roles) or performed to an audience
  • The cast perform a script
  • The audience (or party guests) 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
    • Alternative suggestions for running the mystery at a private party or in front of an audience
  • The scripted scene
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • An anonymous note, a bank statement and an outline plan for the victim's talk
    • A map of the the vicinity of the murder
    • A list of the characters (to help the audience keep track of who's who)
    • 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 (or party guests)
  • In this case
    • The acting company play a police inspector and six members of the WI who give witness statements.
    • The script takes the form of the witness statements, so these could be read rather than delivered from memory
    • The audience must solve the mystery from the witness statements plus three written clues
    • The denouement is delivered by the detective interspersed with reprises of the witness statements
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 7 people, including at least 6 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 35 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
The ladies of the Women's Institute are gathering to hear a talk on the history of a local family and their stately home. Just as the meeting is starting, the guest speaker is found murdered...
WI members called to make witness statements are
Brenda Chalmers the bookings secretary
Deidre Bandini WI Branch Chairwoman
Charlotte James Branch Secretary
Angela Mayhew an Ordinary Member
Emily Parsons Branch Treasurer
Felicity Pringle an Ordinary Member
The police investigator conducting the proceedings is Detective Inspector Naughton
'Death of a Well-Spoken Gentleman' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £22.50 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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