Comedic Smash Hit “Puffs” Comes to Sydney

Australia is in the midst of a large-scale magic revival. With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child currently underway at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, another spellbinding show is set for its Sydney, Australia, premiere. TEG Live in association with Tilted Windmills Theatricals, John Arthur Pinckard, and David Carpenter are proud to present Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic!

An Off-Broadway comedy hit, Puffs is a story for and about the unsung heroes, the bystanders, the people who just aren’t in on the action. For seven years, one boy wizard attended a certain magical school, fought evil, and ultimately saved his world from certain destruction. This play isn’t about him; it’s for the Puffs who stayed out of the limelight, who were there but weren’t destined for incredible acts of heroism. Puffs is a comedic ode to the outsiders, a reimagining of the world of Harry Potter in a way that anyone who’s ever felt like a secondary character can relate to.

 

 

In 2015, Puffs made its New York debut and earned outstanding success. New York Theatre Review called it “a tremendous comedic feast,” while the Huffington Post celebrated it for its “rip-roaring staging, wit and delightful theatrical craft.” In 2018, Puffs enjoyed a record-breaking 12-week run in Melbourne, as the longest-running play hosted by the city in 48 years. The Herald Sun called it “a triumph for the anti-hero,” while Time Out Melbourne stated that “with megawatt performances as fine as this, Puffs could cast a spell on anyone!”

Puffs is written by Matt Cox and directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker. It features outstanding production and costume design by Madeleine Bundy, original lighting design by Herrick Goldman, sound design by Matt Cox, and original music by Brian Hoes.

 

 

A great big belly laugh of a show, Puffs, which runs for one hour and 45 minutes, has been called “hilariously heartfelt” by Metro, and it outlines the loyalty and well-meaning natures of the wizarding world’s most undervalued House. According to Hollywood Life, the characters “are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along.”

The Puffs matinees are fantastic family-friendly fun! On Saturday (2:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.) afternoons, the show has been lightly transfigured so that witches and wizards from the age of eight can enjoy its magic, and parents can rest assured that young viewers will be taught no new curses. Evening shows will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday–Friday.

The Puffs show will take place at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney. Tickets for the general public will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time, Friday, March 8, 2019. Opening night is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019, with the show expected to run until Sunday, June 30, 2019. Preview tickets cost $49.90; general tickets start at $69.90 plus booking fees. Tickets will be available at ticketek.com.au.

Press Release

TEG Live in association with Tilted Windmills Theatricals, John Arthur Pinckard & David Carpenter are proud to present the Sydney premiere of

PUFFS, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic [and] Magic

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.

PUFFS, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic [and] Magic is the sell-out sensation that enjoyed a record-breaking three[-]month season in Melbourne during 2018 and has become a cult hit in New York since first opening [on] Off-Broadway in 2015.

PUFFS will have its Sydney premiere at Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park on Thursday 23 May 2019 and will run until Sunday 30 June 2019, with previews commencing Friday 17 May 2019. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am AEDT, Friday 8 March 2019 through Ticketek.

This hit play has been called “a triumph for the anti-hero!” by the Herald Sun [and] “an absolute hoot of a show” by Broadway World [sic] Australia and Time Out Melbourne gave the show 5 [s]tars, stating ”with megawatt performances as fine as this, Puffs could cast a spell on anyone!”

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to [w]izard [s]chool. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of [t]he Puffs who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has NEVER been destined to save the world, PUFFS is an 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 [t]he Puffs, a lovable group of magical misfits.

Audiences and critics were overwhelmingly united in their response to PUFFS when the show opened to rave reviews and 5[-s]tar praise from all those who experienced its hilarity in Melbourne. Its record[-]breaking 12-week run saw PUFFS awarded the title of the longest[-]running play in Melbourne for the past 48 years.

When PUFFS debuted in New York in 2015, it was celebrated as “a tremendous comedic feast” by […] New York Theatre Review. Hypable called it “totally awesome…come prepared to laugh, but also to cry”. Nerdist commented that PUFFS “never goes more than a minute without a laugh!”, and the show was praised by [t]he Huffington Post for its “rip-roaring staging, wit and delightful theatrical craft.”

PUFFS is written by Matt Cox and directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker. It 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.

PUFFS matinees are fun for the whole family! On Saturday (2.00pm) and Sunday (1.00pm) afternoons, the show has been lightly transfigured so that wizards aged 8 and above can share in the magic of PUFFS, and parents can relax knowing their kids won’t learn any new curses.

PUFFS GENERAL PUBLIC ONSALE

10.00AM AEDT, FRIDAY 8 MARCH 2019

ticketek.com.au

SHOW INFORMATION

Previews: Friday 17 May–Wednesday 22 May 2019

Opening Night: Thursday 23 May 2019

Season Dates: Thursday 23 May 2019–Sunday 30 June 2019

Performances: Tuesdays–Fridays, 8.00pm

Saturdays 2.00pm* & 8.00pm

Sundays 1.00pm* & 5:30pm

Venue: Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney

Website: puffstheplay.com

Ticket bookings: ticketek.com.au

Ticket Prices: All Previews $49.90; General Tickets from $69.90 plus booking fees
*Suitable for those aged 8 and above

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CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

MATT COX (Playwright) is a playwright, actor, and improviser based in New York City. His plays include PUFFS, [o]r: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years [a]t [a] Certain School [o]f Magic [and] Magic, Happy Little Trees: A Bobyssey, Cool Chefs Jr., The Madness of Captain Dread, and the 3-part epic Kapow-i GoGo (along with its spinoffs The Kapow-i GoGo Holiday Special & I Am Mr. Snuggles[).] He authored the radio play El Hombre Bovino for WNYC’s [t]he Greene Space and contributed to [t]he Flea Theater’s The Mysteries. His work has been produced at New World Stages, [t]he Elektra Theater, [t]he People’s Improv Theater, [t]he Tank, and [t]he Flea Theater in New York City, among other places. He is a director for the educational media organization [t]he Story Pirates.

KRISTIN McCARTHY PARKER (Director) is a freelance director in New York City and founding member of Recent Cutbacks. Her work includes Matt Cox’s Puffs (New World Stages) and Kapow-i GoGo, Recent Cutbacks’ KEVIN!!!!!, Hold [o]n [t]o Your Butts, and Fly, You Fools!. She has directed and developed work at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Primary Stages, Ma-Yi, 59E59, Chicago’s [t]he Second City Training Center, [t]he Flea, HERE Arts, Dixon Place, Columbia University, Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University, Atlantic Acting School, and the University of Florida, among others. Assistantships include Ed Iskandar, Michael Greif, Wendy Goldberg, and Trip Cullman.

TILTED WINDMILLS THEATRICALS (Producer) is a producing partnership between David Carpenter and John Arthur Pinckard. The company’s mission is to be a disruptive, forward-thinking innovator producing fresh, unexpected, and culturally current entertainment at the intersection of the popular and performing arts. They are currently represented in New York by the smash hit Off-Broadway production of Matt Cox’s comedy PUFFS, [o]r: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. Collectively, the partners have won two Tony Awards (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Clybourne Park) and have been nominated for two others. Past Broadway credits include American Idiot, HAIR, Slava’s Snowshow on Broadway, and Hands on a Hardbody. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Silence! the Musical, 5 Lesbians Eating [a] Quiche, Never Swim Alone, and But I’m [a] Cheerleader.

TEG Live (Producer) is wholly owned by TEG, Australasia’s leading ticketing, live entertainment and data analytics company. TEG Live is a dynamic and diverse promoter of live content in music, sport, family entertainment, eSports and exhibitions. TEG Live connects millions of fans every year with unique live experiences and adds value to events with hospitality and sponsorship services. For more information: http://www.teglive.com.au