Potted Potter

Potted Potter

I bought my son the complete Harry Potter collection. It’s a door-stop – seven chunky books in a very nice red case. Now to let you in on a secret – I haven’t read them. I usually keep up with what my kids are reading but somewhere along the way, Harry Potter and I parted ways. However, I’m desperate to know ‘what happened’. I think I’ll find it in Potter Potted.

Potted Potter condenses all seven Harry Potter books into just seventy minutes. Plus there’s 360 characters (played magically by just two actors), a fire-breathing dragon, a real life game of Quidditch, brilliant songs and tonnes of Hogwarts magic. It’s perfect for Harry Potter fans and also those like me – I may be a little rusty on the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff but I’m fairly certain Potted Potter will sort me out.

Potted Potter first toured Australia in 2012 to sell-out audiences. The show was created by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, as a five-minute entertainment for fans in a London bookshop who were awaiting the release of the sixth book in the Potter series. From there, the show went on to sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in the West End, double Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominations and international tours, including the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Potted Potter begins in Sydney at the Sydney Theatre in Walsh Bay from 21 October, 2014 and then tours nationally for limited seasons in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. Tickets are priced from $60 each, with family and group discounts available. The show is suitable for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed). Book online via Potted Potter.

If you are hoping to squeeze in reading all seven Potter books before Potted Potter, find the complete collection on Book Depository, which delivers free to Australia.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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