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Improvised Sherlock Holmes - Review

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at:
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What's going happen next? No one knows, not even the actors
I know a good deal about Sherlock Holmes, I founded the Sherlock Holmes Society of Western Australia in 1983 and now serve as Patron of this august body. I've written monographs, mock-scholarly articles and pastiches.

So when I heard about the Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes, I was a trifle apprehensive.

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holes, Noodle Palace, Dylan Townley, Tom Skelton, Daniel Nils Roberts, Fringe World, Alice Winn
TomSkelton, Alice Winn and Daniel Nils Roberts (Photograph courtesy The Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes)

However I need not have worried, the cast of roughly twenty-five (performed by three, very talented and charming actors) treated the material with the gravitas it deserved. "The mill is dark!" "Yes, it's a dark Satanic mill."

The nearly sell-out crowd loved it, and so did I.

Briefly, improvisation is a very hard thing to do well, and these three (Alice Winn, Tom Skelton and Daniel Nils Roberts) were supremely professional, talented and managed to keep the chaotic plot on track, the performance being the theatrical equivalent of patting your head while rubbing your tummy and at the same time juggling three chainsaws.

I could tell you the plot, but really, who cares and in any case every single night is different. The entertainment consists of three highly professional actors with impeccable timing and wryly comic invention leading each other into and out of trouble. They tease each other, address the audience, and have a damn good time, dragging us all along for the ride.

At least two of the cast of three have other, one-man, shows on at Fringe. The Causeway (Daniel Nils Roberts) and Blind Man's Bluff (Tom Skelton) and they're both in Aaaand Now For Something Completely Wireless. All of which will certainly be worth watching.

Just watching Tom Skelton wrestle with his Norfolk Travelling Cloak is worth the price of admission alone. If you can possibly make time to see it, I strongly urge you to.

Very Highly Recommended Indeed.

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holes, Noodle Palace, Dylan Townley, Tom Skelton, Daniel Nils Roberts, Fringe World, Alice Winn
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Why? It's funny, clever and fun. Don't miss it.
When: 6:20pm
Where: Bento Box, Noodle Palace, 19 Francis Street, Northbridge
Cost: From $13
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Nice written article :)
by RC (score: 3|1221) 930 days ago
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