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.