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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.

We must be doing something right

27th June 2017

Since we started writing murder mystery scripts back in 1997, our customer base has grown from two amateur dramatics groups in the York area, to a whole range of amateur dramatics groups, small theatre companies, PTAs, schools, church groups and small charities throughout the UK and even in Canada.

We are contacted by new customers every year but we also have a community of long-time customers who return to us on a regular basis to buy our new plays, many of them custom written.

We have twenty three plays in our catalogue, including one full length murder mystery, a pantomime, two mystery scripts and nineteen murder mystery fundraiser scripts.

The majority of our plays are custom-written to suit a customer’s cast, theme, setting or other available resources. In fact, working with our customers to develop a new script is one of the best parts of running Murdering The Text.

Want to know some facts about our scripts? How about our most performed plays and the latest additions to our catalogue?

Our plays are set in the 1920s, World War Two, the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1980s and the present day.

We have two all female cast plays – Hens and an all female version of Waxworks of Horror.

We also have two sets of paired plays – Waxworks of Horror and Bride and Doom, and The Tangled Web and our latest play A Brush, With Death.

We’d like to say thank you to our loyal customers, for all your help and support over the years, and hello to any new customers. Happy to have you on board.

Twenty years has gone in the bat of a murderous eye. Here’s to twenty more, an ever growing catalogue of plays, and a continuing conversation with our customers.

A little taster

12th April 2017

A Brush, With Death logo

I’ve just finished working on the new 20 year anniversary script and I’ve finally come up with a title. Can you guess what it is yet? Well, of course you can after the rather large image above. The new play is called ‘A Brush, With Death’.

I’m delighted with how the storyline for this play has worked out. There’s a colourful cast, each with a different motive for murder.

This play will be available to buy once the first performance has taken place. I’ll have more news for you very soon.