Category Archives: Custom Written Scripts

Turning the spotlight on 2017

18th December 2017

The end of 2017 is almost upon us and what a year it’s been, with our twenty year anniversary and our newly penned play, A Brush, with Death, written to celebrate.

Amidst a whole host of changes to our website, we re-introduced Murdering The Text with We Must Be Doing Something Right, followed by 7 ways that Murdering The Text can help your amateur dramatics group.

We launched our new monthly am dram advice articles with 7 ways that amateur dramatics groups can keep their members (happy).

We told you about our custom written murder mystery play service in No murder mystery play to suit? No problem. We’ll write one for you, and later that month posted 10 ways to raise funds for your amateur dramatics group.

We explained our services in How does it work? Using a murder mystery play as a fundraiser and We act for money (or how to hire out your amateur dramatics group for murder mystery evenings).

Later that month, we posted another of our am dram advice articles, 7 ways to attract new members to your amateur dramatics group.

In October, we announced our special offer for new subscribers to our mailing list, and told you about our FAQs (frequently asked questions) page.

We finished the month off with How to dress your cast cheaply for a production set in the past.

November was a busy month as Murdering The Text moved house, we welcomed a new member to our Amateur Dramatics Groups For Hire family, and in Spreading the Magic we explained how to extend your productions beyond the edge of the stage.

December posts included Testimonials – hear what our customers have to say and Setting the scene for half the cost (or less).

We’ve one more post for you before we sign off for Christmas. In the meantime, I think we’ve earned a mince pie, or two.

No murder mystery play to suit? No problem. We’ll write one for you.

5th August 2017

Not enough men and you can’t fit a four-piece suite onto your stage? The difficulties in finding a play to fit can be never ending when every penny matters.

So, what are your options?

You can change the sex or age of the characters, possibly doubling up on parts.

You can attempt to fit four people onto a two-seater sofa.

You can give up and find another play.

Or, you can contact Murdering The Text.

We’ll take into account your cast, your stage and your theme, along with any other resources or factors you want to include.

Already got an idea for a murder mystery play? Here are some of the ways we can incorporate your ideas into a script:

  • If you’ve chosen a particular period (e.g. the 1960s) or a historical event for your play to be themed around, we’ll carry out the necessary research to not only write a play for you, but share our research with you too.
  • You have an idea for a storyline but you’re not quite sure how to write it down. We’re happy to use your storyline as a basis for your play.
  • You’ve thought up a wonderful set of characters, maybe based around your available cast, but you’ve no idea how they could be put to work. Send them over to us and we’ll write a play around them.

All of our custom written plays are created in ongoing discussion with you, the client.

If your cast changes over the course of writing, we’ll change our character list.

If your play is relocated, we’ll re-write to suit your new stage.

After all, this is as much your play as it is ours.

For details of the cost of this service, please visit our Prices and Delivery page.

Contact me today to discuss writing a custom made play for your group.

7 ways that Murdering The Text can help your amateur dramatics group

8th July 2017

Think our plays are just like all the others? Assume you’ll receive the same impersonal service that some of the big play script suppliers provide? Are you under the impression that performing one of our plays will simply bring in some money and have no other benefits? Well, think again.

1. Short but perfectly formed

Our plays are written to take up only part of your murder mystery evening. Depending on the play, they vary from 20 minutes to up to 45 minutes. This allows time for the compere to do their thing, question-time and audience breaks. There’s nothing worse than being hurried through an evening of entertainment.

Another benefit of using a shorter script is the time required to learn lines. Rehearsals times (and the related costs of practice space) can be reduced, adding to the eventual profit your event will make.

2. A Snug Fit

Our typical cast is 6 or 7 characters, male and female. The characters are written to fit the available actors of most theatre groups, with a mixture of ages and genders.

Although the characters are created with an age range in mind, most of them can be changed to fit your actors if needed, and we’re always happy to help if you need the character histories or scripts to be altered.

3. A Home from (your) Home

With our scripts, you don’t have to worry about expensive sets. Black curtains can be used instead of backdrop scenery for all of our plays.

Furniture and props can mostly be drawn from your group’s existing supplies, what you have at home, or what’s available in your performance space. Even the exits are flexible to fit your stage and venue.

4. We work with you

If none of our plays fit your needs (or perhaps you’ve performed all of them already), we’re happy to work with you to create a new play to suit your venue, resources, cast and event. Have a look at our Custom Written Scripts page for more information.

5. Everyone loves free publicity

Are you one of many amateur dramatics group in your area? Are you fighting for attention in the local press over all those other productions?

Even if your group is the lone am dram talent locally, or you have no problems with publicity, performing something that’s a little different to the norm is an excellent way to be featured in the local newspapers.

6. More bums on seats

Provide a new way to connect with your current audience by holding an annual (or even bi annual) murder mystery fundraiser. This interactive show will allow them to see your group in a completely different light.

Want to grow your audience? A murder mystery evening may attract people who wouldn’t have considered attending your usual shows. Once you’ve introduced them to the talents of your group, they may well come along to your plays, musicals and pantomimes throughout the rest of the year too.

7. Maintain your membership

Maintaining membership numbers isn’t just about having an available cast. Membership fees are an important factor in keeping the am dram coffers full.

For group members who haven’t been cast in the latest production, or whose available time is limited, performing in a murder mystery evening may be just the thing. So, rather than losing uncast members to other groups, give them a part in your fundraiser event. The same goes for backstagers and members who can act as compere or front of house. Keep your members happy and they’ll keep coming back for more.