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'Murder on the Overnight Express' by Patricia Gay

 
Murder on the Overnight Express by Patricia Gay
by Patricia Gay
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 4 scenes
  • The Solution
    • 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 scenes, set in a delapidated railway waiting room.
    • During the scenes, the cast describe events surrounding a murder, with clues as to whodunnit and a few red herrings.
    • The audience make their suspicions know by completing Accusation Sheets.
    • The acting company return to perform a final scene in which the murderer is revealed.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 8 people, including at least 3 men and 4 women
    • One set comprising furniture and flats or backdrops
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 60 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
In the early 1960s, with major changes planned for the railway, a body is found in a First Class sleeping berth. The train is shunted to a siding, where the remaining passengers and staff are corralled into a disused waiting room while Inspector Pluckett questions:-
William Williams the garrulous Welsh train guard.
Brigadier Sir Arthur Ffinch-Fortesque
Lady Ffinch-Fortesque the Brigadier's wife
The Scottish stewardess, Wee Jeanie McMumble
The chef, Alphonse le Chevalier who may not be what he seems.
Brenda Grubbley the grim secretary to the deceased
Brash American film star Dolores Delgado
The Inspector uncovers plenty of lines for enquiry, but who did the Murder on the Overnight Express?
'Murder on the Overnight Express' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £15.00 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 £30.00 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £30.00 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £15.00 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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