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'Media Murder' by Really Horrid Productions

Media 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 business cards for some of the characters, table cards, conceptual logos for a new TV programme and the cover of an incriminating DVD!
    • 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 celebrate the launch of a new TV channel for the Sun TV empire
    • The 'audience' has the role of the people invited to the launch - movers and shakers in the media industry
    • As the actors progress with the speeches, 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 4 men and 3 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?
Max and Maggie Burdock, successful media tycoons, have invited the great and the good of the media world for the launch of their new channel.
In addition to Max and Maggie, other notable guests at the launch include:
Angie Burdock: Max’s daughter. A producer of cutting edge documentaries.
Oliver Jackson: Marketing guru and Angie’s partner.
Dicky Forsyth: Presenter and celebrity and a bit of a has-been!
Nigel Lush: Media whizz kid and assistant to the head of Channel Elite.
Lorraine Bannister: Head of rival Channel Elite.
The launch should be a great occasion but as Max unveils details of a secretive hostile takeover, tempers flair and the guests are soon each others’ throats. Eventually two are murdered!
'Media Murder' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £21.75 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 £39.00 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £39.00 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £19.50 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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