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Max And Ivan Are Holmes And Watson (Ditto Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

…and a dolphin, a nude Scotsman and a host of prostitutes. There are hundreds of Holmes adaptations out there, and I am not afraid to say that this must be the best. We are taken from Baker Street to Chicago in a flawlessly choreographed hour of fast-paced brilliance of blockbuster-quality on less than a B-movie budget. With only two bodies, Max and Ivan create a world full of characters so clear-cut that they can all take to the stage at once, arguing and fighting yet still keep us captivated. Sound effects, flashbacks, theme tunes – nothing is beyond the range of this breathless production, which brings out the ridiculous in Holmes and sublimely exploits our understanding of the magic of theatre.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 29 Aug (not 16), 3.30 pm (4.30pm), £8.50 – £11.00, fpp116.
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