Fringe Review: PotterVision @ Espionage
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One of the free performances of the festival, and nearby to Elephant House where J.K. Rowling worked on her novels, PotterVision is, at least for this performance, a two-man act that retells the majority of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in one hour. Complete with budget wigs and props, the two stand-up comedians, Tom Lawrinson and Lukas Kirkby, complement each other as Kirkby leaps between costume changes, displaying an array of pantomime voices with manic and comically exasperated energy, whilst Lawrinson casually leans against the overhead air-conditioning unit spouting dry, deadpan humour. The performance, opening with a carnivalesque announcement behind the semi-translucent stage curtain, jumps into the Privet Drive scene after debate between the two actors on whether or not to use the alternative ‘terrorist’ script and setting the scene by explaining to the audience that the rest of their cast have ran away with their ‘official’ costumes. Most of the initial humour comes from the severe impracticality of Kirkby changing between the three Dursleys and Hagrid whilst Lawrinson solely plays Harry Potter because, “Harry doesn’t really have to do anything”.
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