Press Release – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Mind-blowing finale to the Kings Langley Players current season

Douglas Adams’ awesome “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”.

After the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the irrepressible Douglas Adams went on to create Dirk Gently, a private detective whose investigations are driven by his unshakeable belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. In this adventure he is on the track of a gruesome murderer – and a missing cat. This is all tangled up with the mysterious studies of the Cambridge Professor of Chronology, the works of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge – and quantum physics. What starts with a single, but undeniably nasty, murder morphs into a case of stupendous complexity with no less at stake than the survival of life on earth.

“It’s two and a half hours of blissful mayhem and escapism” says Sally-Anne Rafferty who’s directing for the Players, “with a dollop of absurdism for good measure. My job is to do the knitting! That is to say – knit all the elements together: acting, dancing (there is a big production number – this is not your average murder mystery or sci-fi adventure) and audio-visual special effects. But it’s a delight to bring to life the gloriously mad world of Dirk Gently, originated by Douglas Adams and to which he and his intrepid co-writers Arvind Ethan David and James Goss gave a remarkable new lease of life in this very entertaining stage play.”

Sally-Anne helms a top-notch KLP cast with great comedy credentials led by Sean Lovell (a Noda award winning actor) as the interconnected Dirk. In strong support are Jon Musker as Reg, a prodigiously kindly and rather odd professor; Jamie Yates (fresh from taking the lead in KLP’s spring production Who is Theo?) as Dirk’s permanently bewildered roommate from their college days; John Bradnum (who made a starry debut as a director with Who Is Theo?) as a technocrat and victim of crime; and the perpetually amusing Gary Edgar as a ploddish policeman also on the track of the murderer.

Adds Sally-Anne enthusiastically, “this show is an unmissable treat for all Douglas Adams fans; for all sci-fi fans (as we have time travel and aliens); for all theatre fans (as we have funny actors being seriously funny); for all Samuel Taylor Coleridge fans (we feature his best quotes); and for all cat fans (as a particular feline is pivotal to the plot). You’d be mad to miss it!”

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is on stage at the Community Centre, The Nap, Kings Langley. Tickets £13 and £11 (Tickets cost £1 more on the door.) 16th-18th May 2019.