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'Abram Skinner - A Steampunk Murder Mystery' by Stuart Ardern

Abram Skinner - A Steampunk Murder Mystery by Stuart Ardern
by Stuart Ardern
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery which could be used at a private party (with guests taking roles) or performed to an audience
  • The cast perform a script
  • The audience members (if any) question the cast
  • The audience (or party guests) 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
    • Alternative suggestions for running the mystery at a private party or in front of an audience
  • The script for 2 scenes
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • Detective Sheets for the audience to submit their accusations
What's a Murder Mystery Event?
  • The audience members (or party guests) are brought together for a fictitious 'special event'. A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • The mystery is designed to be played either to an audience (who take the role of guests invited to Skinner's event) or at a private party, with each guest taking a role.
    • The cast play out the opening scene, at the end of which a murder is discovered.
    • The audience interrogate the suspects (or, at a private party, the suspects interrogate one another) with the suspects basing their responses on their character briefs.
    • After the audience have submitted their accusations, the cast play a final scripted scene in which the guilty party is revealed.
  • 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: 35 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 30 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
History took an alternative path some time in the 19th century, and the age of steam continued to become the steampunk era.
Inventor Abram Skinner is taking full advantage of the opportunities of this age of technological entrepreneurs and has invited guests to the launch of his latest project which he believes will bring about revolutionary changes. The company includes-
Captain Ariel Ackroyd a former naval pilot.
Adventurer Twistleton Crisp just back from an adventure in the badlands of the South West USA.
Sir Ezra Hamilton-Gore representing Cogturners Bank.
Wealthy heiress Lady Hepzibah Quagg
Tamar Tregony head of an industrial conglomorate.
'Businesswoman' Araminta Dijon whose business is as a member of the Society for the Realisation of Orderly Dispatch.
(The audience take the role of invited guests.)
Some of Skinner's revelations don't go down too well, and there are other causes of discomfort amongst the VIPs, leading to an unexpected death.
'Abram Skinner - A Steampunk Murder Mystery' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £27.50 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 £34.50 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £34.50 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £17.25 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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