A complete Murder Mystery Script for a Performance where the audience have the opportunity to guess the identity of the Murderer before it is revealed by the Inspector in spectacular style.
The script, a lively Murder Mystery for a cast of twenty different characters is suitable for Middle and High school students who are able to concentrate on building confidence in characterisation through dialect, and voice projection, through this traditional, one location play. There is humour within the dialogue which can be developed alongside grown-up character relationships, in a play which introduces young students to the mechanisms of 20th century Murder Mystery Drama.
The Play is written with a large cast of 20, in order to accommodate larger school class sizes, though roles could double for a smaller cast, and adjustments could be made to final revelation scene to accommodate this. The roles as written requires 12 Male, and 8 Female characters.
I have taught this twice, and the parent audience enjoyed the performance and seeing their children imitate grown up characters. We rehearsed it for a complete term and a half and performed it just before a holiday. The children really got into the plot, and also provided many ideas of their own for props and costume. Many spent time researching by watching detective shows to help them develop a particular character.