Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience is a show for the six-year-old child and the 90-year-old child alike.
We know the Harry Potter books are lengthy. The question becomes: how do you condense seven books and thousands of pages into a 70-minute show? Bare minimal plot points and buffoonery. Creators Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner master the art of short and spunky.
Produced by Potted Productions and Starvox Entertainment, Potted Potter was first performed in London, England in 2006 and has since become an international hit, cracking up audiences with a bizarre and comedic rendition of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
The set may be minimalistic, but that doesn’t stop performers Benjamin Stratton and James Percy from putting on a larger-than-life show. The duo masterfully uses slapstick comedy to keep the audience in stitches the entire time.
While Percy plays the serious actor/Harry Potter fan, knowing all the books like the back of his hand, Stratton plays the unprepared actor, who has never read the books, throwing on whatever hat and persona he desires to absurdly portray a variety of Harry Potter characters in the same scene.
Whether they are acting out “Dumbly-dorr’s” death scene, defeating a dragon, or singing their own version of “I Will Survive,” they will have the audience giggling. And the laughter is contagious.
If these two quirky performers bumbling around on stage is not enough to suit your fancy, the pair holds a live Quidditch match, involving the audience and a beach ball, with Percy dressed as the golden snitch. Losers get sprayed with a Super Soaker. And winners? Well, they also get sprayed with a Super Soaker (sorry folks, there’s no getting out of this one).
The young spectators are engaged throughout the entire show and there are enough mature jokes infused into the script to keep the adults chucking throughout, as well.
This is a show that does not take itself seriously and neither should you. Bring the kids, come prepared to laugh along with the performers and have a ton of fun.
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience is directed by Richard Hurst and playing at the Panasonic Theatre until Jan. 11. For tickets, visit www.pottedpotter.com.