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'Murder on the Home Front' by Andrew Hull

 
Murder on the Home Front by Andrew Hull
by Andrew Hull
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 preparing the mystery
    • Guidelines for running the mystery
    • Suggested timings
  • The script for 2 scenes
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • A final scripted scene
  • Additional Materials
    • The table packs for the audience include letters, encrypted letters and press cuttings.
    • Detective Sheets for the audience to submit their accusations
What's a Murder Mystery Event?
  • The audience members are brought together for a fictitious 'special event' (and encouraged to dress appropriately for the occasion). A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • Set around a meal (where the audience might be invited to wear period costume), the cast perform two scenes during which a murder is discovered.
    • On the basis of what they have seen, and a series of written clues, the audience briefly interrogate the cast.
    • The audience submit their suspicions before a final scripted scene in which the murderer is revealed.
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 10 people, including at least 4 men and 5 women
    • One set comprising furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Scripted elements: 45 minutes
    • Audience interrogation: 10 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
On August 16th, 1941 a series of events are being held at Siddlington Hall to help the war effort. At a lull in the proceedings, the organisers gather to prepare for the evening's dance. They are
Sir George Trumpington-Smyth owner of Siddlington Hall,
Hi wife, Lady Mary,
Annie Robertson WI bigwig and event organiser,
Rev. Obadiah Harper, vicar of St Geraldine’s in the village,
Joan Whittaker, Chair of the Parish Council,
Home Guard platoon leader Major William ‘Bill’ Wilkins
Postmistress Gladys Cole, who also runs the village telephone exchange,
The village physician, Dr David Worth,
Florence Middleton a nurse, working a Siddlington Hall.
All is not well amongst the gathering, in fact, things are so bad that one of them doesn't survive the evening.
The audience need to solve the murder, with the assistance of a narrator who guides them through the procedure.
'Murder on the Home Front' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £20.00 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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