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'The Murder Stakes' by Ian McCutcheon

The Murder Stakes 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
    • Five written clues - a letter, a bill, a newspaper cutting and two investigation reports.
    • 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 acting company perform two scripted scenes in which one of the characters is murdered.
    • Led by The Narrator, the audience get the opportunity to interrogate the suspects.
    • The audience gets five additional pieces of evidence and must make their accusations.
    • Finally, The Narrator reveals whodunnit.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 7 people, including at least 3 men and 3 women
    • One set comprising 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?
Gathered in the study of a beautiful old Georgian manor house in the Widdleshire countryside, we find...
The owner of the house, Jim Carner a wealthy racehorse trainer
Anna Conder Jim’s housekeeper
Anita Bush Jim’s girlfriend - until yesterday's revellations
Jim's sister, Carrie Oaky a one-time pop queen
Tom Bowler Carrie's husband
Jim's neighbour, Drew Peacock
And lurking in the fringes The Narrator Master of Ceremonies for the mystery.
All Jim's guests have reasons for wanting to get their hands on his considerable fortune and, when some of them realise that their stake is at risk, it becomes a deadly race.
Who will reach the finishing line? Who will fall at the final hurdle?
Find out when you run The Murder Stakes!
'The Murder Stakes' - 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 £33.00 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £33.00 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £16.50 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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