No script Sherlock! The stars of UK comedy improvisation take us on a thrilling new adventure, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London’s great detective. A completely spontaneous and exceedingly engrossing mystery tale unfolds before you, with rollicking plot twists and hilarious characters based on audience suggestions! A very funny show, fresh from smash runs at the Edinburgh and the Perth Fringes (Australia).
‘Excellent… very funny and beautifully devious’ **** (FringeGuru.com). ‘Copious amounts of talent and boundless potential’ **** (PlaysToSee.com). ‘Sizzling energy, unpredictable and exciting… Performers of the highest calibre’ (ArtsReview.com.au)
ABOUT THE GROUP
After smash runs at the Perth Fringe (Australia) in 2016 and 2017, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and 2016, Ghostwriters are back 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 the country? 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.”
The versatile troupe are drawn from the cream of UK improvisation, with the cast being involved in such hit groups as Austentatious; Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised (Racing Minds); Impromptu Shakespeare; The Oxford Imps and The Maydays Present: Happily Never After.
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.”
The majority of the members of the troupe originally met in the Oxford Imps, the improvisation group in Oxford comprising students of both of the town’s universities and local performers. In the Imps the group learned the craft of creating spontaneous, enthralling stories in weekly shows at Oxford’s Wheatsheaf pub, tours of Europe and the USA, and multiple sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Cast member Tom Skelton says “with the Imps we tackled improvised Agatha Christie, Radio Plays, Arabian Nights – Shakespeare even – before, but Sherlock has to be one of the most interesting genres for an improviser”.
Director 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, show producer, said: “We wanted to create show that had mystery, intrigue, 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”.
Saturday 28 October
7.30pm (Bar open 7pm) The Beacon