Seven volumes in one hour
This article is from 2007.
Judging by the feverish excitement rippling around the auditorium of Pleasance One, even the flimsiest association with the Harry Potter phenomenon can virtually guarantee a successful Fringe show.
The task facing performers Dan and Jeff is to recreate six of the teen wizard’s adventures (with bonus seventh book teaser) in under an hour – an assignment akin to trying to squeeze the contents of Niagara Falls into a teacup. The pair wisely opt to take as irreverent an approach to the source material as possible, dipping into a rag bag collection of scruffy props and silly wigs to breathe goofy life into some of the epic series’ most memorable set pieces.
In this version Harry battles threadbare giant serpents, a feeble horn-tailed dragon, not to mention He Who Must Not Be Named. The audience is even invited to take part in an inspired mass game of Quidditch. What the show lacks in budget it makes up for in humour and invention. Highly recommended for fans and detractors of JK Rowling’s oeuvre alike. (Allan Radcliffe)
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 15, 22), 1pm, £8.50 (£7.50).