Saturday, 4 June 2016

Potted Potter

Several years after the first Singapore stop (which I was aware of, but didn't go), the hilarious stage show finally makes it way to KL... apparently the only SE Asia stop of the year, so yay? 
PLAYING TO SOLD OUT HOUSES all over the world, the Olivier Award nominated POTTED POTTER – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan & Jeff from West End London takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, POTTED POTTER will make you roar with laughter.
Bought a couple of early bird tickets as soon as a friend and I worked out a time and day in the short run (it's only from 2 - 5 June for a total of 8 performances) to go. I went with the second cheapest seats with a decent view of the stage, mostly because the a lot of the better seats were already sold out. I was also excited because it had been YEARS since I was last in KLPAC's Pentas 1 (10 years, maybe?) since the shows I've been to over the years are usually in Pentas 2, and I'm not one for dance or orchestral performances. 

It's in the similar vein as Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), but more kid friendly.  

Humour-wise, there's the slapstick physical comedy for the kids, and the more sophisticated lingual and local humour for the adults. The closing song medley was not bad, too.

The thing that makes each performance different is the crowd work: they got two kids from different sides to be Quidditch Seekers while the rest of the audience get involved by getting the Quaffle (let's call it for what it is: a beach ball) through the goals (located too high for anyone to reach, let alone score). Despite all logic, the kid from our side of the audience (who "lost") would rather get squirted in the face with a water gun than to get a Chocolate Frog and be done with it. Weirdo. Also the uncle in the front row who fell asleep (?) and messed up the prophecy (despite it being mentioned at least half a dozen times by then) was unintentionally hilarious. Dunno why pay so much money for that kind of abuse, haha.

The carnage after.
If you've read the books, you'll be fine; even if you haven't read them and are just going by the movies or just not into the Potter fandom AT ALL, it's a fun one for everyone.