New show Potted Sherlock runs at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The complete works of Sherlock Holmes condensed into 70 minutes for an entralling show by creators of the wildly successful Potted series
This article is from 2014.
With news that Benedict Cumberbatch is returning as the supersleuth of Baker Street, while Ian McKellen is set to play a ninetysomething Holmes obsessed with cracking one final case, it seems that we just can’t get enough of Arthur Conan Doyle’s clever dick. For those who aren’t prepared to wait for their next fix of Sherlock, help is at hand from the team who brought you Potted Potter, Potted Pirates and Potted Panto, as they do their condensed thing on the deerstalker-donning detective.
‘After doing all of the seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes, we decided to up the stakes and really challenge ourselves,’ insists Dan Clarkson, one-half of the Potted duo which is completed by Jeff Turner. ‘What could be more challenging than doing the complete works of Sherlock Holmes, all 60 stories in 70 minutes. Averaging out at nearly a book a minute, it’s definitely our biggest challenge.’
Given the evangelical passion which followers of Harry and Holmes are fired up with, little can be left to chance by Clarkson and Turner. They must know their subject to the nth degree for their shows to convince fans and critics. ‘Fabulously funny’ and ‘gloriously irreverent’ are just two of the quotes they’ve been able to slap on their posters. But such reviews aren’t earned by knocking out a script off the top of their heads. Intense investigation into the published and screened work needs to be conducted. Not that Clarkson is complaining.
‘So much research has gone into this one, but it wasn’t really a chore. I got to re-read all the books, watch the entire BBC Sherlock series, and then watch all 254 of the films while eating my body weight in popcorn. Being able to claim the whole time that I was working. It’s a tough old life.’
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 1–25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 2.50pm, £11--£12 (£10--£11). Previews 30 & 31 Jul, £6.