A certain boy wizard went to a certain school for seven years, but we aren't talking about him here... This is a different story.
This is the story of the Puffs. They were there as it all happened.
'Puffs' is a new take on a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes; a comedy aimed at anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else's story.
James Bryers – who plays Cedric in this season of the off-Broadway cult comedy – tells us more about the show.First of all, tell us a little bit about your character.
I play the role of Cedric, who is very much a typical Puff; kind, loyal, patient, dedicated and modest. He is also, for reasons unbeknownst to him, looked up to by the other Puffs; the ‘cool’ leader of sorts. But really he is just nice, fun and happy and wants everyone else to feel the same. This is a pretty successful show that tackles a familiar story, let's say, from a different angle. What's been a highlight of being a part of 'Puffs'?
When I was younger I was really into magic; capes and wands and fun magical spells. So, I guess a highlight of being a part of ‘Puffs’ is that I kind of get to play out a childhood dream of mine – and I get to do it with an awesome bunch of talented people. It's essentially for anyone who feels a little bit like they're in the background. Why do you think a story like this, while funny, could also be really important and helpful?
I think most people at some point in their lives experience being on the fringe and being overlooked, whether that be with friends, family or at school or work. The story of ‘Puffs’ is one of unity and friendship. Don’t judge a book by its cover, because underneath we’re all more alike than we might think.
What do you think has kept this show so successful?
A big reason, I feel, is because it’s so relatable and it’s a story full of heart. Also, Aussies love the underdog, right?What are you looking forward to about the show playing in Sydney?
Looking forward to sharing this beautiful story with people who couldn’t see it in Melbourne. Do you have any particular personal goals when it comes to the show?
For me, I always go into a job with the goal of doing the writing justice. As actors, it’s our responsibility to bring the character and piece to life as the playwright would hope. Also, giving the audience a new experience every single show. There are shows for the whole family during the day… What kind of naughtiness can audiences expect in the evening shows?
Audiences can expect a bit more of a ‘broader vocabulary’ in the evening shows. Words that the little ones might not be acquainted with just yet. Also, some extra ‘sauciness’.What do you want audiences to leave thinking and feeling after having seen 'Puffs'?
Love, definitely love, and kindness to themselves and each other. Also, why be one thing when you can be lots of things? There’s a Puff inside all of us.
'Puffs' plays Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park from 17-22 May.