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Not The Annual Dinner

January 16 @ 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Saturday 16th January 2021 

The Society’s sixty-sixth Annual Dinner will sadly not be held in the Members’ Dining Room at the House of Commons, London.  As with so many other events in the current global situation, we have had to cancel the physical Dinner for the first time on our 70 year history, along with our more recently traditional Morning After.  However, undeterred, we will hold a Virtual Celebration on Saturday 16th January 2021, at 7.15pm for 7.30pm.  The title assigned to this year’s function is THE LOUCHE LOCKDOWN LIBATION.  We look forward to welcoming all or most of our Honorary Members, as well as members of the Society from all over the world.

We will have our usual speeches and toasts, so make sure you have at least a glass, if not a whole bottle and canapés to hand!  To add to the ambiance, while not obligatory, we would welcome it if members and their guests dressed for the occasion – black tie, cocktail or  evening wear or Victorian costume – at least from the waist up.  On Zoom, no one knows you’re wearing jeans…..

Our guest speaker this year is Mr Leslie S. Klinger, well-known to many members as the indefatigable annotator of the Sherlock Holmes Canon and frequent consultant to film companies and others interested in Sherlock Holmes.  An attorney, Mr Klinger specialises in law in the fields of tax, estate planning, and business.  His topic will be “An American looks at The Blue Carbuncle.”

Continuing the legal connection, our second speaker is Mr Peter Horrocks, former Chairman and Honorary Member of the Society.  Peter, who has addressed the Society on numerous occasions, is a barrister who specialises in private law children’s cases as well as public law care, adoption, inherent jurisdiction and other proceedings, with a particular interest in heavy medico-legal and international cases of all types.  His subject for the evening will be “A Tapanuli Tipple.”

After the speeches and toasts we are honoured to present The Blue Carbuncle.This will be a 45 minute presentation, live over zoom, with Jonathan LeBillon as Holmes and Dominic Brewer as Dr. Watson.  This adaptation, by HarperCollins Sherlock Holmes writer Bonnie MacBird, is directed by noted Los Angeles theatre director/actor Robert Mammana, also playing Breckenridge, with original music by Ryan Johnson, who co-produces.   Closely adapted from the original short story, this show has been performed as a staged reading in Los Angeles as part of the Sherlock Holmes in Brentwood series executive produced by Les Klinger.   With each actor performing from home this live theatre presentation is modelled after The Show Must Go Online, conceived and directed by Rob Myles and produced by Sarah Peachey who play James Ryder and Catherine Cusack here.  Their zoom series recently won a ONEOFF award, in addition to two OnComm awards, for presenting the entire canon of Shakespeare over the pandemic year, following Le Billon’s live all-canon readings the previous year.  A special musical treat follows at the end.  This performance promises to be as sparkling as the carbuncle itself.  This will not be one to miss.

The Blue Carbuncle

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is for once permitted in any room where you yourself permit it. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 8th January.  We do, however, expect this meeting to be extremely popular, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  A special souvenir “Menu” will be sent to those attending for you to print at home.

The charge for the evening will be £5.00/US$7.00 per head.  Professional actors are performing The Blue Carbuncle for us live on the evening.  They, like all theatrical artistes, have had a particularly difficult year, so we are giving them some payment for their time.

Please note that this is likely to be an extremely popular meeting and numbers may have to be limited.   Early booking is recommended.

The Society likes to keep a record of its activities, including photographs of our meetings which are published in the Journal and on the Society’s website/Facebook page.  If you do not want to appear in a Society photograph please avoid being in any posed photographs and advise one of the meeting organisers.

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January 16
7:15 pm - 10:00 pm
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