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'Murder by Mattress' by Lesley Gunn

Murder by Mattress by Lesley Gunn
by Lesley Gunn
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 running the mystery
    • Suggested timings
  • The Solution - 2 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 acting company perform four scripted scenes in which the murder takes place and the detectives investigate.
    • The scenes contain all the information necessary for the audience members to solve the mystery - if they are sharp enough.
    • There is (optional) opportunity for the audience to interrogate the cast. Working in small teams, the audience members write their suspicions on an accusation sheet.
    • After the accusations have been submitted, the acting company play a final scene in which the guilty party is revealed.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 4 men and 5 women
    • One set comprising furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 70 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 15 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Victoria Rothersfield is celebrating her birthday with a party. Amongst the assembly there is
The Dowager Lady Dorothy Rothersfield the astute, elderly matriarch who has disinherited her children
Victoria Rothersfield Dorothy's niece and heir, the birthday girl
The loud, grumpy Lord Charles Kilbourne
Lady Elizabeth Kilbourne Dorothy's younger sister
Florence Amberley a friend of Victoria
Representing the literalism of the serving classes, there's Mr Butler the butler
Mrs Cook the cook
Edie the housemaid
But all is not well at Rothersfield Hall, and soon Inspector Moody and his sidekick, PC Sullen are called to investigate a murder.
'Murder by Mattress' - 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 £41.75 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £41.75 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £20.88 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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