A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world, the hit Off-Broadway phenomenon, PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic, will make its Australian and International premiere at the Alex Theatre, St Kilda tonight.
Some people are born with the capacity to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to defeat the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. PUFFS is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people.
For seven years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of The Puffs who just happened to be there too. A Potter-inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story.
PUFFS gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. It takes a second look at everyone’s favourite world of wizards through the eyes of The Puffs – a lovable group of magical misfits.
Meet Wayne, a very average Australian boy who finds out he is a wizard and that wizards are real. Wayne and his new friends Megan and Oliver try to keep their heads down and get a basic wizarding education, while a certain other famous boy – with a very peculiar-shaped scar on his forehead – sets out to make life at school increasingly eventful.
Written by New York-based playwright & actor Matt Cox and directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker, the Australian production will features Rob Mills in the coveted role of Cedric. He is joined by a stellar cast including Keith Brockett, Zenya Carmellotti, Olivia Charalambous, Daniel Cosgrove, Kiana Daniele, Ryan Hawke, Gareth Isaac, Rob Mills, Eva Seymour, David Todman, Annabelle Tudor, Tammy Weller and Matthew Whitty.
PUFFS features production and costume design by Madeleine Bundy, original lighting design by Herrick Goldman, sound design by Matt Cox and original music by Brian Hoes. The original New York production has been updated for this Australian and International premiere by Cox and McCarthy Parker – both of whom have travelled down under to bring this piece to life for local audiences with a whole new company of local actors.
“PUFFS is the comedy play that proves Hufflepuffs matter too…” – Nerdist
PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic
The Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Season: 31 May – 8 July 2018 2018
For more information, visit: www.puffstheplay.com for details.
Image: Rob Mills (centre) is joined by Keith Brockett, Eva Seymour, Ryan Hawke, Olivia Charalambous, Zenya Carmellotti, Annabelle Tudor, Tammy Weller and Matt Whitty in PUFFS – photo by Ben Fon