When I first heard about this show from a friend who developed the work at Taproot Theatre – I was concerned it was a gimmick. But knowing their artistic focus and integrity, I asked to read a copy. I was hooked. From the period language to the surprising twist to the Dickensian characters reframed, the show spoke with dignity and authority. It has a welcome holiday familiarity and yet, probes another side of the human condition – the quest for knowledge and its cost. I am thankful to be able produce the Canadian premiere of this up-and-coming play.
It’s a wonderful time of year to reflect on our own longings – intellectual, physical and spiritual – as Sherlock does in this play. To consider who the Mrs. Hudsons, Irregulars and Watsons are in our own lives – and what pursuits drive us to or from them. During this season, in working through this piece with the talented artists and staff whose good company I get to enjoy, I have been constantly challenged to consider the breath and spirit of inspiration and deepening relationships with fellow travelers on our journey.
About the Director
Mark is a proud resident of Vancouver Island and has enjoyed directing Jeeves in Bloom, A Pretty Girl (A Shayna Maidel), Delicious Lies, Harvest, The 39 Steps and Amadeus for Chemainus Theatre Festival. Other favourites include: A Christmas Carol, Strindberg’s Easter, Anne, Mr. Pim Passes By and Pet the Fish. He has collaborated with companies including Theatre X, Pacific Theatre and TheatreOne to develop over a dozen new plays. Favourite acting credits include: Mass Appeal, Enchanted April, Queen Milli of Galt and Streetcar Named Desire.