MUGGLES, witches and wizards alike will definitely be saying 'mischief managed' come the final act of the Potted Potter show at the Civic Theatre.
The 70-minute production is a whirlwind of family-friendly humour, not-so-subtle Harry Potter references and more laughs than the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes joke shop, as the cast make their way through all seven books in the series.
The show, which started as a five minute production at a London bookshop and grew into a full play, has been on tour through the Philippines before arriving in Newcastle this week.
Actors James Percy and Joseph Maudsley have barely had time to check out Nobbys headland before they jump on stage for the first of several performances from April 11 to 14.
"It is the Cliff's Notes version of Harry Potter," Mr Percy said.
"Harry Potter is a huge phenomenon and we are lucky because we have been busy wherever we go."
For the superfans the play has plenty to enjoy, with character cameos, plot references and props galore. All of it is done with a twist of course. For example when the Philosopher's Stone is brandished about for all to see, it appears to be a very mundane house brick, painted red.
Ronald Weasley's wig is more reminiscent of a certain clown selling hamburgers, than the red locks of film actor Rupert Grint and Hermione Granger's time on stage brings an entirely new meaning to the phrase 'strong female lead'.
It is all in good 'unauthorised' fun and the actors are self-confessed fans of the book series, by writer J.K. Rowling.
"We have to be, we are British," Mr Maudsley said.
"If you are a fan of the series, you're going to love it.
"It is like a Harry Potter party."
According to the two actors from England, audiences members often come in costume, wands in hand, ready to enter Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy once more.
It is a book and film series that crosses both geographical boundaries and generational ones, bringing the entire family together.
The play will leave audience members as dizzy as someone who has taken a bludger to the head, but warmly satisfied with the opportunity to step back inside the wizarding world, even if only for an evening.
- Potted Potter is playing at the Civic Theatre from April 11 to 14. Bookings: pottedpotter.com.au
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