You may wonder why Dr. Watson, fictional sidekick to Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character Sherlock Holmes, was in the Almonte post office parking with a Triumph motorcycle. And why was he in the form of a puppet that looks like the owner of Baker Bob’s, Almonte’s favourite bakery and pastry shop?
It’s elementary, my dear rider friends.
You see, I’m co-producing a most excellent for-adults-only puppet show called Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Basketballs, a funny, irreverent, and bawdy puppetry take-off of the most famous and widely read of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories Hound of the Baskervilles.
The 90-minute puppet play, which is a fundraiser for Puppets Up!, is chock full of laugh-out-loud repartee and I wanted to invite motorcycle riders to the show. But how to share it in groups where the posts should all be related somehow to motorcycles and/or riding?
The answer was relatively simple. I set up a little improvised sketch with the Watson puppet and a bike. Mine was still in the shop, so I asked a couple of Ottawa riders I happened across in the post office parking lot if I might use theirs in the skit. Happily, they obliged.
Here’s what Watson had to say:
The weather is going to be stunning this week. Why not ride out and take in the show? It’s running Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 (plus fees) from @ticketsplease.ca
Hope to see you here <3
(There’s a video of the behind-the-scenes dance of the puppeteers here. Enjoy!)
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