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Spontaneous Potter (Spontaneous Players)

By | Published on Saturday 25 August 2018

Side-splitting and absurd in their humour, The Spontaneous Players return, waving their wands and stirring up a cauldron of improvisational genius. An audience suggestion of “Harry Potter and the…” is chosen for the title, and then a chain of antics ensues. All four performers are accomplished improvisers and play off each other exceptionally. Their quick wit and ridiculous story lines left audiences hyperventilating, although ‘Potter’ does lack the charm and anarchy of last year’s ‘Sherlock’. They were unfortunately faced with ‘The Unwritten Play’ as a prompt, inspiring a storyline in which Professor McGonagall rehearses for Dumbledore’s new adaptation of ‘Cats’. Although quirky and original, it fell slightly flat at points. But this, of course, is the nature of improv.

Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ella Dorman-Gajic]