Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Based on audience suggestions, the hour’s traffic of the stage is an improvised case which promises to be ‘the greatest Sherlock Holmes story ever’, The Case of the Lemon Posset. The show was framed with a mysterious guest talking to Dr. Watson, leading to an improvised flashback. The premise was dealt with very originally, with the improvised play being set on a dairy farm in Berkshire, with a superstitious staff who still believe in witchcraft.

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes is funny and an excellent quality improvised comedy

The quality of the improvisation was strong: tropes from the Sherlock Holmes stories were relatively adhered to, although key characters lacked many of the characteristics they are most known for. The dialogue was very fluid, with a coherent plotline, and many many laughs along the way. Like the detective himself, the cast of five do a great job of improvising their way out of the trickiest of situations in an entertaining manner that grips the audience from start to finish. The addition of dramatic music in the background added real atmosphere, and props were used to great amusement, especially when Holmes disguised himself as a fur-clad milkmaid. The resolution of this unlikely tale of seemingly unrelated incidents, including a smallpox-giving lemon posset and an impoverished Presbyterian family of nobles, somehow comes together in a manner almost worthy of the great Conan Doyle, who incidentally, was an Edinburgh man himself.

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes was very entertaining, with plenty of cheesy humour from Lord Emental and his wife, the Dutch Lady Edam. For fans of the great detective, and of Edinburgh’s literary history, these five fantastic improvisers are well worth your time; Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes is funny and an excellent quality improvised comedy, showcasing the cast’s wit and tight ensemble work. Just remember to get there early, because the large auditorium lacks bleachers, making it very hard to see the stage beyond the first few rows. 

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No script Sherlock! Stars of Racing Minds and Impromptu Shakespeare take you on a thrilling new adventure each day through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London's great detective. Light up your (imaginary) pipe as a completely spontaneous and exceedingly engrossing mystery tale unfolds before you, with rollicking plot twists and hilarious characters – different every time and based on audience suggestions! Family-friendly. 'Excellent... very funny and beautifully devious' **** (FringeGuru.com). 'Copious amounts of talent and boundless potential' **** (PlaysToSee.com).