Move Over Moriarty
by LipService Theatre
14th - 16th January 2016
This spoof on Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson has been going the rounds
in various theatres for nearly ten years, so the two actors playing the
roles are well versed in how to portray their particular slant on the
They are played by two women, Maggie Fox (Holmes) and Sue Ryding (Watson),
who also wrote the piece. They have been writing and performing together
for over thirty years. Not surprisingly then that their comic timing was
as sharp as a pin.
You see them in various locations, 221b Baker Street, in a travelling
railway carriage, in the the middle of Dartmoor and at the Music Hall
at the Strand Theatre.
This is presented via the use of a well designed set that, when not used
as their home residence, is joined together in a triangular shape and
moved around the stage, when appropriate, by the two participants.
They also depict the Scottish housemaid, Mrs Hudson, at Baker Street,
Music Hall singers, the Motherless young twins, who performed a gawd awful
song, and most prominently Mrs Shotoff (played by Maggie Fox), who hired
Holmes to take on his next case following his near-death encounter with
As in keeping with the madcap nature of the production his new investigation
was the Garibaldi biscuit affair.
Tiny puppets atop the stage design were also used to add more visual
spark to this scintillating show.