Potted Potter – The Unauthorised Harry Experience is a capsule capture of author J.K Rowlings’ seven-book series that shattered records across readers of all ages, and engendered so much attention worldwide that it has its own parody and, heartfelt treatment. Not just for the fans, the short, audience-friendly show features two clever Kiwi-based actors who compress the phenomenon of the books’ exploits and adventures into 70 minutes of gleeful chaos.
Potted Potter started out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 15 years ago and has been touring with various productions ever since, and now resuming in the ANZAC bubble. According to producer James Seabright, “the show’s creators Daniel Clarkson and Jeff Turner have worked carefully to adapt the production to be COVID safe, which will also mean that repeat visitors to the show will enjoy some exclusive new material. Australia, thank you for having us back and I hope you enjoy the show!”
“It’s very exciting,” says Tama Jarman, who plays a somewhat dim-witted foil to fellow actor Adam Brown, of coming over the ditch. Jarman admits that he hasn’t read the books, though he’s seen the movies. This might work in his favour, “my character makes a few mistakes on getting things right,” he explains, as his character confuses other stories and quests (will Frodo appear?), and the actors jump from being themselves to characters in the comedy.
“Everyone should come along, even if they are not Harry Potter fans. There are enough non-Harry Potter references to keep everyone interested.”
“There is massive appeal,” says Jarman. “From six to Dumbledore’s age, 150 is the cap. Can I please see your ID?”
Jun 22-Jul 4. Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd &, Cleveland St, Chippendale. $59.90-$79.90+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.seymourcentre.com
By Olga Azar