Potted Potter is a parody of the Harry Potter series or as they put it, the unauthorized Harry experience. The show is back in Manila for its fourth visit and we were invited to the first day of their five-day run at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City.
The show first premiered in 2006 and has since toured around the globe. While I may have heard of the show for a while now, especially being a Harry Potter fan myself, I just haven’t had the opportunity to watch it.
The posters itself pretty much sums up what the show is about, seven books of Harry Potter in seventy minutes. This was exactly what we got along with a lot of entertainment and fun in between.
The performance itself was very intimate despite a venue that seats 500 people. I was pleasantly surprised to see only a cast of two (James Percy and Joseph Maudsley). I mean, to have two guys tell the tale that spans seven books, just seems pretty silly and that’s exactly what made it so entertaining.
At first, the performance from the duo seemed too put on especially since they tried to make a more personal connection with the audience but it eventually became more and more relaxed and natural. It was at the point where it felt more natural that I started to get the groove of the show and found myself laughing.
One thing that I found fascinating is that it became so natural that it was a challenge trying to figure out which lines were memorized and pre-written and which ones were improvised. There were many jokes and lines that the duo snuck in that immediately garnered a reaction from the audience. These were jokes that included other theater show references, pop culture, and even some politics.
While it was expected that the added jokes were included to give the show a bit more up-to-date, what really made the show even more fun was when both actors would react to what the audience would say. Whether it was a previous joke or just an audience member laughing for a bit longer than everyone else, both guys included it in the show. It was this that just made the show even more interactive and made it even more intimate.
Which leads to one thing that I think will affect the show, the audience. I think because of the interaction between the audience and both actors, how responsive and how lively the audience plays quite a big factor with how enjoyable the show is. While I think the energy of both actors can carry the show, I think the banter between the audience and the actors just adds to the entertainment of the show.
From a creative live and interactive Quidditch match to witty lines, and props that you wouldn’t expect from the Harry Potter series, I think that Potted Potter is worth watching. Whether you’re a fan of the series or not, because it is a recap of the series, you’ll be able to enjoy the show and also familiarize yourself with the series.
Potted Potter is currently running until March 24, 2019 in the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more details visit Ticket World.