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'The Allotment Plot' by Emma Northcott

The Allotment Plot by Emma Northcott
by Emma Northcott
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • The cast perform a script
  • 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 7 scenes
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • The 'accusation sheet' for the audience to submit their suspicions includes a murder quiz which might be used as a tie-breaker.
What's an Interactive Murder Mystery?
  • A combination of drama from an acting company and detective work from the audience
  • In this case
    • The members of the acting company play the roles of participants and organisers of a gardening competition, meeting in a shed.
    • The acting company plays a series of scripted scenes culminating with a murder.
    • Teams in the audience make their accusations (and answer a murder quiz).
    • The final revelation takes place in a courtroom corridor (which could be done as a front-of-curtain scene).
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 6 to 7 people, including at least 2 men and 4 women
    • 2 sets including flats with practical doors/windows
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 70 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
Baldock Allotment Growers meet are in their shed preparing for their flower and produce show. Bob needs Councillor Alex to support a building project. Alex is desperate to steal gold from Bob in the root vegetable category, having already stolen Bob's wife.
There's the pompous councillor Alex, hoping for root vegetable gold
His efficient wife, Rachel is in charge of judging
Inspector Penny Hart is also judging the show
Bob Mansfield needs a favour from Alex
His bubbly wife, Debs is not part of that favour
Then there's Alice, on work experience from horticultural college.
With jealousy, rivalry, secrets and a shed packed with pesticides and sharp implements, what could possibly go wrong?
(There's a Radio Announcer role - this could be recorded or could be done by someone acting as MC for the evening.)
'The Allotment Plot' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £23.50 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 £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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