Fringe 2016 – Unplotted Potter – 4.5K

By Julia Cudsi

A Scriptease offering for the 2016 Fringe, Unplotted Potter follows the trend of a fully improvised, hour-long show. The premise of this performance is to select at random three names of obscure characters from the Harry Potter stories, let the audience pick one and then tell that character’s story in a completely improvised play.

Now, full disclosure – this reviewer is not a Harry Potter fan. And yes, I know what you’re thinking – I was pretty much the only person in the entire Tandanya Theatre who felt that way. But despite this obviously glaring hole in my literary tastes, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of what was a hilarious show.

Under the spotlight on Wednesday night was Viktor Krumm, a Bulgarian wizard who travelled to Hogwarts to participate in the Quidditch Cup (yes, I had to Google that). Under the direction of the Scriptease team, he pined madly for Hermione, decamped to the Northern English Quidditch team (as oopposed to the Central England team, of course), and eventually found his place amongst the house elves.

Always impressive, the improv model really shows the versatility of the actors and their ability to think on their feet. Despite having no script whatsoever, last night’s performance of Unplotted Potter was seamlessly entertaining, absolutely hilarious and thoroughly engaging.

If I had the time, I would go every night to see each different show.


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