Last weekend the Ashton was transported back to the Victorian world of everyone's favourite sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. The dayboys masterfully presented two dramatisations of Conan Doyle's stories, 'The Red-Headed League' and 'The Final Problem'. Staying true to core house-play traditions, the scripts were written, cast and directed by senior students, namely Ed Elcock and Ralph Wade.
Their stage realisations were excellent - full of wonderful characterisaion, celebration of the English language, clever plot intrigue and with never more than a service revolver brandished. Wade and Rob Homden managed to inject Holmes with wit and charm; Elcock was an economically fearsome Moriarty and Elliott Christie a highly watchable 'rogue'; Luke Lloyd Jones and Scott Reynolds foiled wonderfully as Watson and the younger dayboys each distinguished themselves in minor roles, notably Dan Isles as Mr Wilson.
With raging wind and rain outside on both nights, it was lovely to sink into the comfortable world of Holmes, knowing it would all be alright on the night.