Dreamgun Film Reads: Harry Potter – Dublin Fringe Festival – Review
Dates Sep 11-16 @ 20:45 – Tickets €16 / €14 conc.
Other performance Sep 16 @ 13:30
Duration 80 mins – Venue: Smock Alley Theatre 1662
The folks in Dreamgun have been helping us remember our favourite films since 2014! It is a tried and trusted technique at this stage but there seems no end to the appeal. This week is something of a highlights reel, or a mixtape if you will, where they play their greatest hits including The Matrix, Batman Begins and Titanic (amongst others). On Tuesday night they performed Harry Potter in their own indomitable style.
In case you don’t know, the Dreamgun formula involves a number of characters on stage acting out a revised version of the script. The narrator sets the scene while the rest of the cast play the various characters. The reworking of the text adds a huge amount of gags, but keeps the same basic storyline, scene by scene. There were 11 on stage to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which is the first of the Harry Potter films. The actors have not rehearsed the script and they play it fast and loose. Expect actors struggling to say their lines as they’re laughing too much! The cast have their scripts in hand and talk into microphones, with the only hint of a costume being a wizard’s hat, which was passed from head to head as required!
The productions work as you are so familiar with the films, they’re the ones that are on every Christmas or that you’ve watched on DVD a hundred times or more. In truth, even if you’re not that familiar with the films, there are enough gags to keep you entertained. It’s basically a comedy routine draped over the bones of some of the iconic films of recent years. The crew have only just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and it is easy to see how they could become a regular at festivals around Europe. You’re almost guaranteed to leave the theatre with a smile on your face.
Tuesday: Harry Potter
Wednesday: Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Friday: The Matrix
Sunday Matinee: Spider-Man
Sunday: Batman Begins