Is it possible to condense all seven Harry Potter books - over 4000 pages in print and almost 20 hours on film - into just 70 minutes? Including all the characters we love and hate? And a real-life game of quidditch? Well, for Potted Potter creators Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the answer is a resounding yes!
It all began in 2005 when the duo created a five-minute street show recapping the first five books to entertain queues of fans waiting for the midnight release of the next book. That turned into a one-hour performance (with another 10 minutes added just a few days after book seven's release). Ever since then, Potted Potter has toured the world and was even nominated in the Best Entertainment category at the Olivier Awards in 2012.
More energy than a room full of caffeinated kids
This production stars Gary Trainor and Jesse Briton, two guys with more energy than a room full of caffeinated kids. With limited costumes (and unlimited liberties), they recreate a world of wizards, including Dobby, dragons, dementors, death eaters, and the awesome evilness of he who must not be named. (Let's call him Voldemort.)
It's all very silly and happens at such a frenetic speed that you might be a bit lost if you're not at least somewhat familiar with the movies or books. And yet being totally unschooled in all things Harry Potter (and admitting upfront that he's not much of a fan) didn't stop my friend from laughing even louder than me! If that's not a case of spellbinding theatre magic, I don't know what is.
Eugene Yiga is a reformed accountant, now living it up as an entertainment writer (and Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards board member) in Cape Town.
He also writes about personal development and is on a quest to read the 100 greatest books of all time before he turns 30.
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