Yesterday I and some of my Steampunk compatriots went out to one of the last showings of Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood, a production at Theatre Three in downtown Dallas. It had caught the attention of local Steampunks because of the Steampunk influence upon the play. Local theatre and Steampunk?! Needless to say, I felt obligated to go.
I had heard that the play had been adapted from a 1975 script with a dash of Steampunk thrown in. By that description, I had kind of hoped for a Steampunk modified script, but it would not be. One of my fellow Steampunk attendees who had read the script before the performance noticed no modifications from the original 1975 work.
I was surprised by this because there were very heavy Steampunk aesthetics employed for the scenery and costuming. Nearly everyone wore goggles on their heads or hats, and the firearms in the play had a a strong retrofuturistic feel to them, but none of these elements were explained in the script. It was so attached to its original script that the Steampunk elements were just accepted as the norm. It wasn’t bad, but for those theatre-goers who don’t know what Steampunk is, I can imagine a lot of them were wondering what was with the goggles and the odd interpretation of Victorian fashion.
Though the play did little to impress the Steampunk in me, the performance was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a presentation of the great detective.