On the trail of the Edale beast

THE indomitable detective Sherlock Holmes will be prowling the fields of Edale later this month as he attempts to track down the beast of Barber Booth.

The trail will take the audience through familiar locations around the valley until the plot reaches its final and inevitable denouement at the top of Kinder Downfall, in this very Derbyshire pantomime version of Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Barber Booth.

The biennial pantomime has been penned by a phantom local scribe, who has taken the precaution of introducing the character of ‘Solicitor’ lest the script raises the hackles of litigious observers.

As usual the cast includes familiar characters from the valley, including the Women’s Institute, the manager of the local cafe, the vicar and others whose behaviour over the past two years has been too outrageous to omit from the script.

“It’s a daunting task, taking on a show whose reputation guarantees a sell-out before rehearsals have even started,” says director John Payne.

“But I swear on Mrs Hudson’s crumpets we’ll deliver the best village show in the county, if not the country.”

Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Barber Booth will be performed at Edale Village Hall between Wednesday March 16 and Saturday March 19.

Tickets are priced £7 and £4 (Wednesday to Friday) and £8 on Saturday with no concessions.

For further details, or to reserve tickets, contact Rob Lorch on 01433 670420 or email rlorch@cbits.net.