I'm not completely averse to going to kids' shows you know, OK they're not my first choice but my friend Andy texted me to say he had a spare, free ticket to Potted Potter, a parody¹ of Harry Potter that tries to condense all 7 books into 70 minutes. As it turns out almost all the audience tonight was adults, maybe 4 or 5 kids at the most. Performed by CBBC presenters Dan & Jeff (me neither; I'm guessing a sort of even-less-famous Sam & Mark) I got the feeling that if there hadn't been the handful of kids there the show might have veered into a bit more double-entendre than it did, but as it is the duo did well with putting across the show to the not-quite-target audience, and particularly by diffusing any potential awkwardness in the situation. Actually one moment, where they get the audience to split into Gryffindor and Slytherin to play quidditch, was probably funnier as a result, as it demonstrated once again that grown men will get much more competitive at kids' games than the children ever could. Hopefully though they'll get more kids in later in the run as it is a fun show for those kids familiar with the story, and the duo have a nice line in chaotic energy. Plus there's a few jokes that they just had to do, most notably "Cedric died, awwww, sad. But it's OK, he's got Twilight now. I'm Team Jacob though."
Potted Potter by Daniel Clarkson & Jefferson Turner is booking until the 2nd of January at Trafalgar Studio 2.
¹actually not so much, but in one of several asides for the benefit of the adults it's made clear that using the words "unathorised" and "parody" in all the publicity is just about all that stands between the show and a lawsuit from Warner Bros.