January 23rd, 2012

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Alistair Duncan and Undershaw

This is a short and sweet promotion for Alistair Duncan's Sherlockian Blog; the blog where you can find out about Alistair Duncan and his Sherlockian writings.

I am recommending both the blog (I think it is excellent) and also Alistair Duncan's new book "An Entirely New Country: Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw and the Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes", which includes a foreword by Mark Gatiss.

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Cut and pasted from Amazon:
The late 1890s saw Arthur Conan Doyle return to England after several years abroad. His new house, named Undershaw, represented a fresh start but it was also the beginning of a dramatic decade that saw him fall in love, stand for parliament, fight injustice and be awarded a knighthood. However, for his many admirers, the most important event of that decade was the resurrection of Sherlock Holmes - the character that he felt had cast a shadow over his life.

You can buy the book here:

Alistair Duncan's excellent Sherlockian blog is here:

Taken from Mark Gatiss's foreword:

"This charming book stands not only as a testament to a crucial and hugely productive period in the life of one of our greatest storytellers but as a proud call to arms for his house's preservation. After all, if Sherlock Holmes could so happily return from the dead, surely Undershaw can too?"

Which leads me nicely on to the Undershaw Alliance. David Rose, based in Paris in France, created and co-ordinates the Undershaw Alliance, which is made up of Academics for Undershaw and Crime Writers for Undershaw. The Undershaw Alliance is now 500 strong and growing by the day.

The mission statement of the Undershaw Alliance is to save Undershaw for the Nation, by relaunching it as the Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, thus affirming its cultural value, and Conan Doyle's place in the literary heritage of Great Britain and Ireland, and beyond. The goal of the Undershaw Alliance is for Undershaw to comprise a Museum dedicated to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a gift shop, a library, conference facilities, crime writing courses and a writer in residence. Undershaw would be open and accessible to the public all year round.

I will soon be running a story on the Undershaw Alliance which will say how you can pledge your support and join the campaign to save Undershaw for the Nation, so that it is open and accessible to the general public all year round. Stay tuned!

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Swivel Theatre Company's Twelfth Night is coming to The Cockpit

The Swivel Theatre Company: Classic theatre … with a twist

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Late last year, I became an official member of the Swivel Theatre Company's Twelfth Night production team. I am very proud to be part of their Events and Fundraising Team, follow the link:

We have just issued our first Press Release relating to our upcoming production of Twelfth Night.

Press Release
A Moroccan Twelfth Night at The Cockpit Theatre in March 2012

Twelfth Night returns to the London fringe with a Swivel Theatre Company production. Set in the late 1920s Morocco, Swivel’s unique interpretation will be a feast of live music, traditional dance and raucous laughter. This classic Shakespeare comedy will be at the Cockpit Theatre for 3 weeks previewing on 29 February 2012, with press night on 1 March. Booking is now open.

Swivel Theatre Company presents its version of Twelfth Night in March 2012. This production sets the country of Illyria in Morocco, giving a whole new resonance to the play. Viola washes ashore a country where a woman must dress as a man in order to work and to earn money. Set in the searing heat of North Africa, where men and women’s roles in society are very strictly defined and sharply delineated, this comedy of errors will be presented in a whole new context. We will explore questions of gender identity and sexual ambiguity in a rich and vibrant cultural setting.

This is the second production from Swivel Theatre Company, the challenge this new show represents doesn’t intimidate Director Diyan Zora. “This play has so many levels and it fits so well in this context that it’s really exciting to work on. We want to represent all the richness and diversity of Morocco”, says Diyan.

The Assistant Director is Clement Dadelsen, Director of the French theatre company “La compagnie de la Flibuste”, and brings with him the experience of touring around the chateaux of France over the last 4 years. La Compagnie de la Flibuste is also Swivel’s International Partner.

Twelfth Night will be at the Cockpit Theatre from Wednesday 29th February to Sunday 18th March 2012 (excluding Mondays). There is a discount for students, who will also be given an opportunity to discuss the play with the Director after the performance, in order to aid them in their study and understanding of the text.


You can now book your Twelfth Night tickets online at:

You can also book tickets by calling The Cockpit box office on: 020 7258 2925 (lines open 12 till 6, Monday to Friday).

Follow the link for all the details:

Swivel Theatre Company

Swivel Theatre Company is a new theatre company, based in London. Our mission is to produce classic plays in a new and dynamic way, to make the plays more accessible to the general public. We are a group of young professionals, who are passionate about theatre and who want to share our love and enthusiasm for the theatre with others.

The Swivel Theatre Company website is here: