Can Potter be potted?

Spanning seven books and eight full-length feature films, the Harry Potter series is nothing if not epic. But can the events within that densely-packed magical saga be concentrated into one stage play? Two British performers certainly think so, and Brisbane is about to find out if they’re right.

Potted Potter was conceived in 2005 at a London bookshop, where fans awaiting the release of the sixth book in JK Rowling’s ludicrously popular series were in desperate need of entertainment. Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner stepped in to save the day with a performance of the entire Harry Potter story condensed into five minutes.

Their compact rendition of the exploits of Potter and pals was so well-received that the duo decided to develop the idea into a full-length stage production. Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books – and a real life game of Quidditch – into seventy minutes.

Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner in Potted Potter

Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner condense the entire Harry Potter series into one 70 minute stage play.

Potted Potter has already been sprinkling magic dust in its wake worldwide. The show has played five sold-out Fringe seasons in Edinburgh, five sold-out London runs and extensive UK and international tours, and been nominated for the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment & Family Show.

Potted Potter features all the fans’ favourite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costume changes, novel songs, ridiculous props and a little Hogwarts magic.

While the show is undoubtedly a must-see for Harry Potter tragics, it could well be a suitable introduction to the series for anyone who’s ever wondered what all the fuss is about.

Some might say that despite the critical acclaim for Potted Potter, the epic escapades of the Boy Who Lived just can’t reasonably be represented in seventy minutes.

Those people probably don’t believe in magic.

Potted Potter is on at the Playhouse Theatre, QPAC from 6 – 11 November, 2012.

This article was written for brisbanetimes.com.au and first appeared here

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