This play is a bizarre comedy that commences as a conventional Sherlock Holmes melodrama. The comfort of this traditional genre is shattered when the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, barges into the plot. What we see is not Sherlock Holmes battling with Professor Moriarty, but Doyle struggling with his desire to be recognised as a major literary figure. A battle of the minds follows between Holmes and Doyle over who created whom. The resolution questions whether it is authors or their characters who are the most lasting, and explores whether what we do is more important than what we are.

Selected as 'The Best New South Australian Play for 1994' by the Adelaide Advertiser in its annual Oscart Awards.

'... gripping, imaginative and well written.' David Scheel, The Adelaide Advertiser, 16 Sept 1994

  • surrealist comedy
  • 100
  • 4 total
  • 1 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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