Three Stormy Petrels (Johnnie, Gordon and Fran) embarked on an adventure which took them to a beautiful little theatre in a quaint, picturesque village on Vancouver Island. After a two-hour sail on the ferry and a half-hour drive down the Island Highway, they found themselves in Chemainus.
A lovely buffet lunch had been booked prior to the show. The piano player was in top form as the three enjoyed their excellent meal. The elegant restaurant was conveniently located in the theatre upstairs.
The three Petrels made their way downstairs to find their seats in the front row. They were in for a real treat! Not sure what to expect when you read that Sherlock Holmes will be visited by three spirits, we were soon transported to the time and place we were hoping for. The set, with its over-sized clocks melting onto the stage, were reflective of the ‘time-warp’. Shadows would often pass over their faces. The author, John Longenbaugh, has done an excellent job bringing our favourite characters to life. Allowing us to see them not only in the present, but allowing us to know them in the past. And what could become of them in years to come.
This Petrel was filled with all kinds of emotions. The acting was superb! I was sorry to see it end.
Needless to say, this play comes highly recommended. Definitely worth the day trip to the Island!
Published by Fran Martin
Fran Martin became a member of The Bootmakers of Toronto in 1987 and The Stormy Petrels of B.C. in 1988.
She has attended several Sherlockian conferences including: In 1992 "Aspects of Holmes" in Bradford, England (hosted by The Northern Musgraves); In 2006 "ACD at 35" in Toronto (hosted by The Bootmakers of Toronto); 2013 "Sherlock Holmes Through Time & and Place" in Minneapolis (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); 2014 "Gillette to Brett IV" in Bloomington (hosted by Wessex Press); 2015 SherlockCon in Seattle; 2015 "A Scintillation of Scions VIII" in Baltimore (hosted by Watson's Tin Box); 2016 "The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes" (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); in 2018 in Dayton, Ohio for the "Holmes, Doyle & Friends" conference (hosted by the Agra Treasurers).
Fran has held several positions with The Stormy Petrels of B.C. including secretary, vice-president, special events coordinator and is currently president and editor of the "Petrel Flyer".
She was honoured with being awarded the title of "Master Bootmaker" in 2014. She was very pleased to present a paper to a meeting of Sir Hugo's Companions in Chicago in 2017.
Fran has contributed articles to Canadian Holmes magazine, the Watsonian and Chris Redmond's "About Sixty" and "Sherlock Holmes is Like...". In May, 2018 she attended the 78th annual Speckled Band of Boston dinner. She was very honoured to have been one of the first women invited.
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