To clarify for anyone who has not seen the show, Gabriel does not discuss the Harry Potter books or films and does not appear to have much knowledge about the fictional world outside the central figures. Despite the lack of Harry Potter-related banter, Gabriel appeared willing and eager to engage the crowd in a bit of back and forth, which added to the humour of the night.
‘I’m Not Harry Potter’ is largely based on events from Gabriel’s life, some of which are almost unbelievable. Gabriel presents a stage persona that is self-deprecating and quite jovial (which could be close to his real personality). The show bounced around at times, with well executed interlinking segues but no overarching story narrative.
Gabriel backed up some clever writing as well as some 'off the cuff' jesting with excellent enthusiasm. When he found his rhythm, Gabriel entertained the crowd well with rolling laughs. He occasionally lost momentum when he was overly reliant on reminders or if he over-thought audience reactions. Gabriel is at his best when he lets his material speak for itself.
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Check out Gabriel Francis in ‘I’m Not Harry Potter’ from 30 March to 23 April 2017 [no 12, 13, 19 & 20 April]. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
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