Presented by Scriptease and Verendus Theatrical
Reviewed 11 March 2018
Scriptease present their latest foray into Harry Potter themed improv theatre with Death at Hogwarts. As the title suggests it is up to the cast to solve a murder, with help from the audience acting as amateur detectives. They are given Clue-style notepaper and are encouraged to record details about the suspects as the play unfolds.
Thanks to the improv nature of the show, the murderer and victim are chosen at random each performance. There are no assigned characters and the players must be ready to portray Slytherin, Gryffindor, or giant at a moment’s notice. The cast welcomes the challenge. On Sunday afternoon, Claire Bottrall plays Hermione, Marshall Cowan plays Professor McGonagall, Jarrad Parker plays Draco Malfoy, Elja Parsons plays Rubeus Hagrid, Curtis Shipley plays Harry Potter, and Kirsty Wigg plays Ron Weasley.
This rendition of Death at Hogwarts sees our characters reunite five years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Rumours of Professor Dumbledore’s return spark tensions and in-fighting which lead to Professor McGonagall’s mysterious murder. Though the scene changes and dropped clues could be a little smoother, Scriptease put their collective ingenuity and quick wits to good use throughout the play. Harry experiments with the “rainbow arts”, Draco nurses a secret crush for Ron, and magically moving staircases take a vindictive pleasure in getting people lost.
Death at Hogwarts is a worthy indulgence for any fan of Harry Potter and local comedy.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Rating (out of 5): 3.5
Venue: Stirling Community Theatre
Season: 11th March – 17th March 2018
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $14.25 – $18.00