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Sherlock Holmes and the 'Coming of the Fairies'


Sherlock Holmes and the 'Coming of the Fairies' is a bizarre two-act comedy which commences as a conventional Sherlock Holmes melodrama.  The comfort that the audience begins to feel with this traditional genre is disturbed by a number of inexplicable incidents, and is shattered completely when the author of the story, Arthur Conan Doyle, barges into the plot.  It becomes clear that what we are watching is not Sherlock Holmes battling with the arch criminal, Professor Moriarty, but Arthur Conan Doyle struggling with his desire to be recognised as a major literary figure, and not just the creator of pulp fiction.  Doyle's spiritualism and general gullibility is the antithesis of Holmes' cold logic. How could a gull such as Doyle have created the most analytical mind in fiction?  This problem leads to a battle of the minds between Holmes and Doyle over who created whom.  A confused Dr Watson finds himself a puppet, with antagonists fighting for control of his strings. The resolution questions whether it is authors or their characters that are the most lasting, and explores whether what we do is more important than what we are.

 

The play was adjudged by the Advertiser, Adelaide’s daily newspaper, to be the best new South Australian play of 1994 when it was first produced at the Promethean Theatre, directed by Paula Carter, with a cast comprising Don Chapman, Bill Hastings, Andrea Hopley, and John McFadyen. It also received a moved reading by StudioZ in Chicago, and was well received by the American audience.

 

                        CAST LIST  (3 Male, 1 Female)

 

                        Sherlock Holmes/Monk

                        Dr Watson

                        Mrs Doyle/female Inspector Lestrade

                        Dr Arthur Conan Doyle/male Inspector Lestrade

 

                        The doublings above are an essential part of the play, and are not optional.


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