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'A Recipe for Murder' by Really Horrid Productions

A Recipe for Murder by Really Horrid Productions
A Scenario for a Murder Mystery Event
by Really Horrid Productions
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
    • Printable table cards and a food menu for the event!
    • 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 a Murder Mystery Event?
  • The audience members are brought together for a fictitious 'special event'. A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • The event is a dinner to announce plans for a new extension to the venue in which you are performing. Details are left open enough for you to set this in a hotel, restaurant, golf club or similar with
    • The extension is expected to include a top class restaurant and 50 five-star rooms
    • The "audience" has the role of the people invited to the launch – valued customers and patrons of the venue
    • As the actors progress with the unveiling of the plans, the plot mystery develops until one of the characters is found murdered...
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 7 to 8 people, including at least 3 men and 4 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Improvised elements: 80 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
The time is the present Clint Plumb, manager of the venue has invited an audience of valued customers and a few special guests to announce the long anticipated extension plans.
In addition to Clint, other notable guests at the dinner include:
Brad Temple CEO Europe for the chain that owns the venue
Antoinette Wirral-Timpson the venue’s Sous-Chef.
Dorothy Barking the dotty previous owner of the venue and now a ‘regular’
Albert ‘Grizzly’ Bear Food franchise magnate!
Tanya Tucker Former waitress and now reality TV ‘celebrity’.
Shelly Beach Clint’s partner and Feng Shui Master.
What should be a cause for celebration quickly descends into chaos as what Clint reveals is not quite what everyone expected! Sordid secrets, recriminations and blackmail finally end in a double murder!
'A Recipe for Murder' - 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 £37.00 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £37.00 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £18.50 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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