It is 1896, Barnaby Gibbs, incurable optimist and Sherlock Holmes fan, is checking on a friend’s empty house when he finds a man in the bedroom, dressed entirely in black, holding a bag full of stolen belongings, and trying to write a poem about sapphires.
There is only one conclusion a reasonable man could come to: This is the notorious cat-burglar and con-man known as the Rhyming Bandit who has been robbing Victorian England blind.
Fortunately, Gibbs is not a reasonable man, and when the stranger tells him that he is actually the famous detective Antoine Feval a new crime-fighting duo is born.
Written and performed by British stand up comedian Chris Gibbs, this one-man comic tour-de-force introduces us to Barnaby Gibbs—a kind-hearted but thoroughly dim-witted and clueless young Englishman who inadvertently becomes the Dr. Watson-like sidekick to brilliant detective Antoine Feval, not realizing that his new partner is actually the master thief who’s been robbing the city blind.
Good guy Barnaby eagerly recounts his adventures in a story full of twists, turns and gadzooks moments!
Gibbs’ on-man show, Antoine Feval, has played to sold-out audiences across Canada, in New Zealand, New Mexico and Massachusetts and was a Best of the Fest winner at the Edmonton Fringe and won the Just For Laugh Best Comedy Award at the 2009 Montreal Fringe.
Gibbs is a writer, stand-up comedian and actor based in Toronto. His other one-man shows include Gibberish and The Power of Ignorance. He’s also the co-author of The Power of Ignorance: 14 Steps To Using Your Ignorance, a self-help book. www.chrisgibbs.ca
Born in the UK, Gibbs started working as a street performer in London’s Covent Garden in 1991. A year later he co-founded the theatre group Hoopal, whose innovative physical comedy shows toured through Europe, Australia, New Zealand and best of all, Canada.
Gibbs moved to Canada permanently in the summer of 2002, immediately touring with his one-man stand-up show, Gibberish.
The following year he co-wrote his second one-man show, a mock motivational seminar called The Power Of Ignorance, with TJ Dawe.
Tickets for Antoine Feval at the Creekside Theatre, 7:30 pm Feb. 18, are $20 adults $18 students and seniors. Group of four tickets are $64. Call 250-766-9309
Creekside Theatre is at 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd. in Lake Country.