Adelaide Fringe Review: Barry Potter and the Magic of Wizardry

FAMILY-FRIENDLY ADELAIDE FRINGE REVIEW: KIDDO reviewer, Kate, took her kiddos to see Barry Potter and the Magic of Wizardry presented by Racing Sloth Productions at Adelaide Fringe.

WORDS: Kate Dyer

Within the eclectic mix of performances at this year’s Adelaide Fringe, Barry Potter and the Magic of Wizardry emerges as a fun and surprise-filled detour into the mystical world of magic and mentalism. Crafted and performed by Tim Motley, the show promises an enchanting journey that appeals to both die-hard Harry Potter fans and newcomers to the wizarding world. With a cry of “Lumos!” and some well-timed lighting changes, we were off.

Motley’s performance as Barry Potter is a clever concoction of storytelling, magic, and mind reading, peppered with ample audience participation. With answers collected from willing volunteers, all of whom Potter assured us were not stooges, he built suspense for the length of the show, promising a spectacular final reveal from the mystery envelope hanging to the side of the stage.

The magic of “Barry Potter” lies in its variety of tricks, from classic sleight of hand to more sophisticated acts of mentalism. The show weaves in tales of Barry’s experiences at a wizarding school, drawing parallels to the beloved Harry Potter universe. One standout moment involves an audience volunteer and the elusive Golden Snitch, showcasing Motley’s prowess in reading body language to great effect. While some tricks may have benefited from a brisker pace (the lengthy deck of cards story almost rivalled a JK Rowling novel), Motley has clearly spent the time to master his craft and the show overall offers an impressive and entertaining display of the world of wizardry.

Barry Potter and the Magic of Wizardry is rated G but due to a heavy reliance on storytelling and some longer tricks, is best suited for older children, 8 and up. This alternative Potter earns a commendable 4 out of 5 stars – a testament to the universal appeal of magic, intertwined with the enduring legacy of J.K. Rowling’s creation. 

Barry Potter and the Magic of Wizardry

until Sunday 17th of March

The Garage International, Adelaide Town Hall


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