Monday 19 January 2015

The accidental adventures of Sherlock Holmes


When Sherlock Holmes unknowingly murders his own client, the game is on to track down the criminal mastermind who did it - Holmes himself!

Join the world-famous detective as he unravels the strangest case of his career with Tobacco Tea Theatre Company

It's a crying shame that this is only on for 2 nights at the Bierkeller Theatre (but there's tickets for tonight so get yourself down there) because it really is rather good.

As a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe I've been to see a play or two over the years and know from bitter experience that plays are of variable quality. 

However when they work, when actors, script and direction find that magical alchemy, they are an almost unparalleled entertainment.

Happily Christopher Cutting (Writer/Director) has produced such alchemy. It is a comic, and knowing, exploration of the Sherlock Holmes ouvre and the laughs kept building over the 50 minute running time. No flab in this script and a slew of great one liners, some causing very deep guffaws in the audience.

I was also impressed by the intelligence of the script as well as it's comedic value, a musing on writing and a sly meta-wink at detective fiction, plays and Holmes himself made for a very satisfying experience.

Holmes was ably played by Jasmine Atkins-Smart whose pockets always seemed to have just one more pipe. 
Watson, who also acted as the narrator was played by Thomas David Parker with muttonchops, mousetache and a fine comedic performance. Joshua Phillips shone as Moriarty as well as a memorable Mrs Hudson on drugs.

If you get the chance to go then please do, you won't be disappointed.

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