Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous detective creation, Sherlock Holmes, means much to many but this short and sharp production captures the witty and brilliant detective as he, alongside, Dr Watson, embark upon a mystery which sees Holmes as the person of interest as he supposedly kills the victim in a golf club swing demonstration.
The absurdist creativity the cast played with in terms of characterisation and intellect made this an uproariously funny story of simple yet effective physicality and movement.
There was a miniature set that Watson used to put his stories into action. This was an engaging way to present Watson as the storyteller; the sound effects worked remarkably well as they added a richness to the production.
More so, the cast performed professionally and imaginatively with bursts full of energy and chemistry. Their diction and voice skills served them well as multi-rolling became an important aspect of the production.
The script was fast-paced and the plot was well structured; the satirical nature of the play served the language perfectly.
There was a cleverness to the play’s direction because of the inclusion of sharp movements and comical expressions.
This accidental adventure stumbles upon its own brilliance, absorbing ambition and challenging the world of Sherlock Holmes world with illogical comedy that proceeds to tackle the intelligence of Holmes in a truly absurdist style.
When absurdism works well, it causes your smile to stick around and questions the complex nature of the human condition.
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Reviewer: Louise Thacker | Rating: **** Four Stars