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'Downtown Crabbey' by Joanne Mercer

Downtown Crabbey by Joanne Mercer
by Joanne Mercer
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • The cast perform a script
  • A detective carries out a scripted interrogation of the suspects
  • 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
  • The Solution - 5 different endings (to allow multiple performances without spoilers!)
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • 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
  • In this case
    • The audience are the diners at a London hotel in around 1900 (and could therefore dress for such an event).
    • The actors play the hotel staff (and a passing American nephew).
    • The actors (and audience) have to cope with a hotel inspection, a murder, and, to top it all, a missing fork.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 1 man and 3 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 15 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 5 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
London, around 1900. A Hotel Inspector is due to inspect Downtown Crabbey, a hotel designed for young American travellers to feel at home in London. In the dining room, his arrival is causing something of a panic, there we find
Roberta Crawley the Dowager Countess of Gravenshire
Murphy Crawley her American nephew
Meryl Patmore the Cook
Maisy Robinson the Scullery Maid
Whilst Countess Roberta and her nephew are worried about the inspection, the cook and maid have something far more important on their minds: a fork has gone missing.
'Downtown Crabbey' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £21.00 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 £21.25 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £21.25 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £10.63 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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