Trips & Visits | Posted 08.05.2014

Elementary, dear Watson

Elementary, dear Watson

Was she pushed?

Gifted and talented pupils from SMH and local schools assisted Sherlock Holmes in solving a mystery. Led by boarding assistant Mr Flanagan, A level Theatre Studies students devised and performed a play based upon the work of Old Stonyhurstian Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in which a trail of clues was left. Pupils then used modern forensic science techniques, including finger-printing, ink chromatology, and fabric analysis to identify their culprit.

Prime suspect, in the library with Sherlock Holmes

Why is the Higgins-Winchester Trophy for Excellence missing from its cabinet? Why were Muriel and Abigail absent from assembly and what had they been arguing about? When a blood-curdling scream is heard and Abigail is found spread-eagled on the ground, it’s time to call on Sherlock Holmes.

The team of detectives get to work, interviewing suspects, collecting their evidence in the form of finger prints from the trophy, fragments of fabric found at the scene and a letter (written by a right-handed person….). Logical reasoning and forensic science leads them to the conclusion that Abigail’s demise was a tragic accident.


Muriel (Mary Flanagan)

Abigail (Paloma M G)

Mrs Armitage the school teacher (Mrs Hughes)

Albert the groundsman (Mr Louis Burke)

LeStrade (Jo Furey)

Watson (Mr SP Flanagan)

Sherlock (Mr Michael Flanagan)

Inspector Blunt (Mrs Walker )

With thanks to Dr Robinson for devising such a brilliant day, Mrs Burgess for setting up the experiments and Mr Michael Flanagan for agreeing to make another dramatic guest appearance at St Mary’s Hall.