PUFFS The Play

Yesterday I attended the first Australian preview for PUFFS The Play at Alex Theatre in St Kilda and, as a huge Harry Potter fan for the past twenty years, it did not let me down. Not in the slightest.

Wow. Everything about this play was everything that I was hoping for and more. From the outside Alex Theatre is nothing special, but as soon as I got inside I realised how beautiful it is. The foyer was elegant and stunning, the staff were friendly and enthusiastic, and the wait for doors to open was actually a comfortable experience. PUFFS took place in Theatre One which looked incredible. The entire room was decorated with house pride, including posters for upcoming frog choir performances, notes from Hogwarts students and so much more that I didn’t even get to see it all. As soon as I entered the room I relaxed and most of my ‘this better be good’ nerves were replaced with ‘holy shit this is going to be INSANE!’

I can’t believe how good the writing was. Matt Cox is so clearly a fellow Potter fan and has a lot of love for his subject matter. Not only did it pay perfect tribute to the 7 Potter books, but also gave some hilarious nods to things outside of the cannon – I won’t mention too many of them so as not to spoil all the fun, but one line worth mentioning came from Megan (played perfectly by Eva Seymour) when she said something along the lines of “don’t worry, that Longbottom boy is really ugly, and he’ll probably stay ugly forever”, of course making reference to the fact that Matthew Lewis (who played Neville Longbottom in the films) turned out to be quite… *ahem* well, he’s pretty fucking hot okay.

The cast were fantastic. Of course our leading man Ryan Hawke as Wayne, and my favourite ex-Australian Idol contestant Rob Mills as Cedric, but the standouts for me were Keith Brockett as Oliver, Daniel Cosgrove as J. Finch and Olivia Charalambous as Susie. In fact, now that I’m thinking about it, I loved them all. (Shoutout to Matt Whitty whose Snape voice made me literally spit my drink out laughing when I heard it. Sorry to the girl in front of me, although I’m pretty sure it just went on your seat and not in your hair. I hope.)

There were a few parts that made me wonder if it would be entirely appropriate for children to attend (swearing, sexual references, etc.) but then I noticed this on their website which I think is great: PUFFS matinees are fun for the whole family! From Saturday 2 June onward the Saturday 2:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm matinee shows have been lightly transfigured so that wizards ages 8 and up can share in the magic of PUFFS and parents can relax knowing their kids won’t learn any new curses!

Visually it was really cool, the music was really cool, the cast were really cool… It was just a really cool show. If you like Harry Potter, even just a little bit, please go and see this show if you get the chance. I loved it.



4 thoughts on “PUFFS The Play

  1. Cat says:

    Oohh, I hadn’t heard of PUFFS the Play, but that sounds like such a fun thing to watch for Harry Potter fans. I love how the theater decorated with things relevant to the play. I imagine that helps get you in the mood before the play even starts! I’m glad it ended up being good and that you enjoyed it so much!


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