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The Adventures Of The Improvised Sherlock Holmes


Wed 17 Feb 2016, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Thu 18 Feb 2016, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Fri 19 Feb 2016, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sat 20 Feb 2016, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Bok Choy Ballroom, 451 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission - Standard: $25.00
  • Family: $60.00
  • Group (6 +): $20.00
  • Kids (12 under): $12.00
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New Improvised Sherlock show brings Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Perth

After wowing full houses at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, British comedy stars from Racing Minds arrive in Perth to tackle the hardest challenge in improv: to imitate the greatest mind in literary history.

“This is real high-wire stuff,” says cast member Daniel Nils Roberts. “How do you push some of the best improvisers in Britain? Get them to tell a great story, to make funny and loveable characters – and on top of that, solve a bizarre mystery, in an hour, all from a single suggestion”.

Performing at the Parrot House and Noodle Palace, this Australian première sold out almost its entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and was lauded by critics.

“We had no idea how this would play, it’s a pretty exciting thing to warm up before your first show and hear the roar of a queue round the block outside. People just seem to get this, which is thrilling,” says cast member Alice Winn.

The versatile troupe will also be seen in the most exciting comedy shows across Perth, with the cast being involved in six shows between them, including Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised, The Haircut, Honey, Kiddo Kaos and Foolball.

The show rotates who plays Sherlock Holmes each day, and takes inspiration from the mystery and intrigue of the Victorian era – a time when Australia was a land of allure and enchantment to adventurous Brits. Tom Wilkinson, director of the troupe, says: “The show is completely new every day, prompted by a suggestion slip we pick out of a silk top hat. Everyone in the queue gets to suggest what the ‘case’ Sherlock will solve that day will be”.

All the members bar one of the troupe originally met in the Oxford Imps, whose spin off group of 2011 graduates formed Racing Minds, now one of the biggest improv names at the Fringe - but they have a curious mix of backgrounds: Alice Winn is a writer on gender, zombies and modern art, Dylan Townley is a composer helping to bring a 400-year-old Renaissance play back to the stage, and Daniel Nils Roberts is a documentary filmmaker. The only thing that unites them is a love of all things Holmesian.

Cast member Tom Skelton says “We’ve tackled improvised Agatha Christie, Radio Plays, Arabian Nights – Shakespeare even – before, but this has to be one of the most interesting genres for an improviser”.

Director of the troupe Tom Wilkinson, a huge Sherlock fan since a boy (who owns a personal Sherlock library), adds "with the recent revival of Sherlock thanks to Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch, it’s been great to be part of a movement which brings these thrilling stories to new audiences and the younger generation especially”.

Dylan Townley, tour director, said: “We wanted to create show that had mystery, scheming, Victorian drama and a cracking case for Holmes to solve. Of course because it is improvised, no matter how Holmes ‘solves’ the case, he will always be right as the cast on stage will support and build upon whatever crazy theory Sherlock comes up with. It is great fun and a bit tongue in cheek – we get ourselves into a complicated situation with the improvised plot, then Holmes always finds his way out. As he should”.

Four Stars - "The production is rife with moments of sparkle and intelligence... copious amounts of talent and boundless potential." (Plays To See)

Four Stars - "This excellent improvised show is full of laughs, madness and superb deductions... very funny and beautifully devious." (Fringe Guru)