Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Edinburgh Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year!

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Location:  Just the Tonic at The Caves – Just The Big Room (Venue 88)

Dates: Aug 4th-14th, 16th-28th

Time: 18:00

Price: £10 Concessions £8

Ticket Link:

Hello! Tell us about The Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes? 

A thrilling new adventure each day through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London’s great detective…

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?

We kept it simple and descriptive: wordplay doesn’t always cut it when explaining the show to a passer-by…

Tell us all about your show!

A playful, thrilling adventure in a well-loved literary world. And award-winning! We won an award just before the Pandemic and keep forgetting to put that on the posters.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

We’ve been away for two years, so we’re mostly keen just to kiss the ground and hug ourselves that’s we’re back. However: Laura Davis, Sohpie Duker, “Room” if we’re allowed to mention the International Festival; there’s another version of “Too much light makes the baby go blind” this year, and we loved the neo-futurists’ long-running version of that show. 

Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe. 

Yes, we’ve got a good century of cumulative Fringe experience among our cast (that’s weird to type). Our advice is: spend some time in Edinburgh not at the Fringe. Disappear inside a museum, climb a hill, walk down a random side-street and read for an afternoon in the pub. Even ultra-marathons let you sleep sometimes…

What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

We’ve dozens of favourites (take a look [here] and [here]), but a special shout-out this year to “Counting Sheep”, an immersive show from 2017 about the Ukrainian democratic revolution. It was a great show on its own merits, but its resonances have only deepened. Love to its makers. 

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

The best one-liners make no sense outside of the improvised show that made them – our favourite is (still) “don’t touch my face” from a show in Warsaw five years ago, but… you did very much have to be there.

What three items are essential for a successful Fringe? 

Something waterproof with pockets, stout shoes for running across cobbles while late for a show, and a phone charger, since you’ll spend all day obsessively checking fringe listings and using maps to unpick the city’s mysterious topology. 

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?

Can we cheat and name a non-comedy? A lovely show at the Bristol Improv Theatre called “Night Fictions”, a sort of lucid dream with live projections and music. More “happening” than “show” exactly. We hope it has legs and finds its sleepy way to the Edinburgh Fringe in future, as improv expands beyond people on a stage talking. 

What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?

Let go of having the perfect experience: embrace serendipity, talk to strangers in the queue. 

The best thing about performing at the fringe?

Being accidentally present in a sort of comedy trade fair, listening to your childhood heroes as they gossip about venues and digs and agents while you’re all in late-night a queue for chips and sauce. 

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

Tiredness beyond tiredness. 

What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?

Assuming you’ve got the three items for a successful Fringe above, we’d suggest the following for where you’re staying: decorative knick-knacks like fairy lights and scent diffusers (Staring at blank walls for a month can be a bit much), kitchen implements (chopping potatoes with a blunt penknife is a recipe for cuts) and maybe a board game or two, for when you invite one of your comedy heroes over. 

What’s the secret to successful flyering? 

Tell the truth! It helps if you love your show, which we still do after eight years. 

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

We’ve already met them, and they come each year: a kind bookish soul seeking to live in a different reality for an hour. We can’t wait to welcome them back.

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

We’re improvsherlock across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show

Engrossing adventure, live! x

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