The Tamaritans, The Red House Theatre, 24th – 27th October 2018
What better place to perform The Hound Of The Baskervilles than at a Plymouth Theatre? Set on Dartmoor, this spooky tale has been adapted for stage from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes story.
One of the most refreshing elements of The Tamaritans production was the authenticity of the South West accents. Often professional actors from other regions portray a more Bristolian sounding accent or over-do the rhythm of the sentence.
In particular Jade Callender as Perkins, the maid gave a hilarious and believable performance as a girl who had grown up in a village on the moor. The rhythm in her speech was perfect and added to the humour of her almost childlike way of talking about the terrifying hound.
Sherlock Holmes mysteries have been re-told time and time again so it is always interesting to see different portrayals of Holmes and Dr Watson. Steve Baker gave a curious aloofness to the personality of Sherlock but also showed a warmer, more forgiving side to the character. The deductions were fascinating but seeing Holmes’ personality come through helped bring the writing to life.
This play is set entirely in the sitting room at Baskerville Hall. The set designers did a wonderful job of creating a cosy space, which gave a stark contrast to the moor looming outside the door. The production team’s combination of sounds and lighting completely convinced me that the terrifying moorland lay beyond the door.
If you are looking for an evening of suspense, excitement and investigation then head to Baskerville Hall with The Tamaritans. This is a great introduction to Sherlock Holmes that I am sure will prove popular with all ages.