Catalogue of Plays

We have a vast selection of murder mystery event plays, mystery event plays, a full length play and even a pantomime. More »

Custom Written Scripts

Nothing fitting the bill? Working with you and to your deadlines, we can create a script to suit your cast, resources and event. More »

Fabulously Fun Fundraising. We write the plays. You perform them.

Whether you’re a theatre group attempting to top up the am dram coffers, a parent and teacher association seeking profits for your school or a local cause planning a money making event, we want to help. More »

FAQs

Otherwise known as Frequently Asked Questions. This is where we tell you what you get for your money, reasons why a murder mystery evening could work for you and the facts about pricing and delivery. More »

Am Dram Groups for Hire

If your am dram group would like to earn some extra money, why not join our list of am dram groups available for hire to perform Murdering The Text plays. More »

The Guilty Parties

Want to know who is penning these murderous tales? On the trail of some prime suspects? To look over our mugshots, visit our About Us page. More »

Testimonials

If you would like to find out what our customers have been saying about us, visit our Testimonials page. More »

The Directors Handbook

Want to know what the Directors Handbook contains? More »

 

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.

Want to know how we can help? Let me fill you in.

30th May 2017

Our main aim here at Murdering The Text is to assist you in raising much needed funds for your group or cause.

Our extensive catalogue of plays offers a perfect opportunity to combine a little (or more) profit with a fun event that will entertain your cast as much as your audience.

We offer murder mysteries, non murder mysteries (no dead bodies, just a crime to solve), our full length murder mystery play Slay Bells and even a pantomime, our version of Cinderella.

We also provide a Custom Written Script Service, should our current plays not fit with your cast, stage or event theme, working with you to create a script to suit your needs.

Many of our current plays have been custom written for our customers, our recent ‘A Brush, with Death’ being just one of them.

So, you’ve held a murder mystery event and it went down a storm. In fact, it went so well that you’d like to do it more often. Add your group’s details to our list of Amateur Dramatics Groups for Hire to perform Murdering The Text plays. We regularly publicise this list on Facebook and Twitter (in addition to here on our website), completely free of charge.

Finally, having acted in these plays ourselves, we’re more than happy to share our experience of how you can enrich your events and raise extra funds beyond your ticket sales. With each event pack that you buy, we’ll send you a free fundraising sheet listing suggestions linked to each particular play, plus some general ideas that will apply to most amateur productions too.

Have I missed anything? If so, just drop me an email. I’d love to hear from you.

Fiona