If Sherlock Holmes Were a Woman

by  Tim Kelly

Short Play, Comedy  /  7f

Shirley Holmes is named after the famous sleuth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fame. She is a fanatic on mystery and crime. Her big chance comes when the housemother in her dorm is found dead under peculiar circumstances. Shirley, determined to solve the crime, locks all the girls in the communal study. Shirley's sleuthing is hilarious and causes something of a scandal as she unravels the laugh-provoking "heinous crime."

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If Sherlock Holmes Were a Woman

by  Tim Kelly

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Shirley Holmes is named after the famous sleuth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fame. This might be enough for any girl to bear, but in Shirley's case the name is ideal. She's a fanatic on the subject of mystery and crime. Her big chance comes when the threatening housemother in her dorm is found dead under peculiar circumstances. The correct procedure would be to call the police, but Shirley is determined to solve the crime herself and promptly locks all the girls in the communal study.

The "suspects" include Melanie, the professional "Southern belle"; Sniffles, the hypocondriac; Theda, the world's "greatest undiscovered talent"; and Fifi, an exchange student whose biggest battle is understanding the English language. And, of course, Shirley has a noble assistant in "Dotty" Watson who is delighted to write everything down in her "memoirs." Shirley's sleuthing is hilarious and causes something of a scandal as she unravels the laugh-provoking "heinous crime." The acting roles give excellent opportunity for characterization.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The communal study in a boarding house authorized for "off-campus living" by a nearby university.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7f
SHIRLEY HOLMES - a young lady obsessed by the character of Sherlock Holmes. Before she makes a move she asks herself: "what would Holmes have done!"
DOTTY WATSON - Shirley's sidekick, perfectly willing to go along with any adventure the female sleuth cooks up and write it down [for posterity] in her memoirs.
MELANIE - a Southern Belle who plays it for all it's worth.
THEDA - a drama major, convinced she is the world's greatest "undiscovered" talent.
MRS. HUDSON - the woman in charge of the off-campus living accommodations. She has little patience with Holmes and Watson.
FIFI - an exchange student from France whose biggest battle is understanding the English language.
SNIFFLES - a hypochondriac. If there's a germ around she's had it, has it or is about to get it.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
  • Roles for Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flo ...

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