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'The Knife Before Christmas' by Ian McCutcheon

The Knife Before Christmas 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 running the mystery
    • Suggested timings
  • The script for 2 scenes
  • The Solution
    • Explained by the detective
  • Additional Materials
    • Six pieces of evidence, including a news clip, forensics reports & witness statements.
    • 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 (a total of twenty-five minutes or so), during which a murder is discovered.
    • The audience are presented with six pieces of written evidence and then interrogate the suspects.
    • On the basis of what they have heard and read, the audience members make their accusations.
    • The narrator (master of ceremonies) reveals the solution.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 7 people, including at least 3 men and 3 women
    • One set comprising at least practical doors/windows
  • 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?
Fry & Boyle is an old fashioned department store, a family firm now run by Lance Boyle who took control a few weeks ago. In his short tenure, he's upset many of the staff, but he has agreed to play Santa at the firm's Christmas party. Amongst the partygoers are:-
- Security officer and general handyman, Dan Gleebitz.
- Henrietta Berger, the personal assistance Lance inherited from the previous boss.
- A new sales assistant in Ladies’ Underwear, Anna Glypter.
- Head of Ladies’ Underwear, Nora Bone, Anna's boss.
- Anna's boyfriend Ed Gaskitt, the delivery van driver.
Needless to say, the party doesn't go well. It's up to the audience to pick up the pieces under the guidance of the Narrator who manages the mystery part of the event.
'The Knife Before Christmas' - 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 £34.00 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £34.00 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £17.00 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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