Category Archives: MTT Plays

Preparing for Christmas yet? Try our festive murder mystery

8th July 2018

I know. You’re sweltering in the summer heat and Christmas is the last thing on your mind. However, just in case you’re thinking of holding a fundraiser in the Christmas season, why not have a look at our santa-clad murder mystery, Festive Reapings?

Set in a failing Santa’s Grotto, this script features a drunken Father Christmas, a fairy on her way out and a whole host of grotto-mysteries just waiting to be solved.

Show Cast

  • Joseph Ewell, store manager
  • Noel Avery, elderly Santa and semi-retired actor
  • Mike Hope, elf and replacement Santa
  • Eve North, Mrs Christmas
  • Carol Dove, elderly fairy
  • Natalie Snow, elf
  • Gabby Bell, elf
  • Mary Dove, Carol’s niece and head of the fancy dress department
  • Visit the Festive Reapings play page to find out more.

    And just in case, you wanted to try your hand at a non murder mystery, why not have a look at Pantoland’s Got Talent?

    Peopled by a cast of pantomime characters, this talent show gone wrong could tie in wonderfully with your am dram group’s pantomime preparations.

    Show Cast

  • Dandini, presenter of Pantoland’s Got Talent
  • Abanazer, judge
  • Queen Grimhilde, judge
  • Widow Twanky, contestant
  • Wishee Washee, her son and contestant
  • Jack and Jill, contestants
  • Snow White, contestant
  • Stage Assistant
  • It’s never too soon to look ahead to Christmas. 170 days and counting.

    5 ways Murdering The Text can alter a script to suit your production

    14th April 2018

    At Murdering The Text, we aim to do all we can to help you with your murder mystery fundraisers so over the years, we’ve made customer-requested alterations to many of our scripts.

    If you want to buy one of our murder mystery scripts but they’re not quite the right fit for your cast or event, here are just five of the ways we can alter them to suit:

    1. Cut down the number of characters

    When we originally wrote The Blunt End for a high school in the south of England, they asked us to write for a much larger cast than usual so that all of their interested pupils could take part. The resulting cast added up to 15 named characters and additional performers too.

    A couple of years later we were approached by a group who loved the idea of the play but had a more modest cast. We took a fresh look at the script and reduced the cast down to a suitable 8 characters. We now offer this reduced cast version of The Blunt End in our catalogue of plays.

    2. Change the gender of characters

    The Waxworks of Horror was originally written with a cast of 2 female and 3 male actors (with an additional screaming individual sprinting across the stage). When a long time customer came to us with the problem of no available male actors, we altered the play to have an all-female cast. This version is now available for purchase on request.

    3. Fit your stage

    Having problems fitting one of our plays to your stage? Perhaps you have limited stage space or entrances. Forward us your stage layout with possible exits and access points, and we’ll alter the script to suit your venue. It might even be that you can’t fit or transport certain furniture items onto your stage. We’ll think up a new list of furniture to suit.

    4. Alter the dialogue

    Whether you feel a piece of dialogue is too naughty or otherwise unsuitable for your audience, or you want to add in a couple of your own jokes or a local mention, we’re happy to help. Perhaps one of your actors wants a smaller part, or you’d like to add in a new character. Whatever the reason, we’ll readily rewrite sections of our play to suit your cast and production.

    5. Scripted reveal

    We like to think that the ad-libbed quality of the question time, when the audience interrogates the suspects, adds an excellent opportunity for your cast to show their knowledge of their character and make the production unique to your group but if you’d prefer to have a scripted reveal, perhaps delivered by a detective-type figure, then we’re happy to supply this as part of your event pack.

    Get in touch

    If you want to make alterations to any of our scripts, then please feel free to drop us an email. Any alteration is free of charge and made in discussion with you.

    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.