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LIVE: WASO PLAYS HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

| 14 May 2018 | Reply

LIVE: WASO PLAYS HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
Riverside Theatre, Perth, Western Australia – 4 May, 2018
Reviewed by Trulie & Tia Pinnegar

The concept of watching a movie with a world class orchestra playing the soundtrack proved to be very interesting at The Riverside Theatre tonight, and we spent some time thinking, “do I watch the movie – or do I watch the musicians?”

Before the movie starts, we are introduced to the setting up of the array of musical instruments, wondering, “what bit will they need that for?” and “will they really need to play THAT?”

The experience raises our awareness of the soundtrack – something sometimes taken for granted, especially in movies such as this that can grip the imagination from the outset.

The audience rightfully applaud and cheer each orchestral episode, and very soon morph into doing the same for certain scenes in the movie. This certainly doesn’t happen in a bog standard movie theatre – audience interaction at that venue involves laughter, for sure, but maybe not cheers and a round of applause when Hermione punches Malfoy!

The orchestra are spellbindingly note perfect – as mesmerising as a wander down Daigon Alley – to the point where one can easily forget they are there, especially when there is a gripping scene on the big screen.

The realisation comes with a pang of guilt that we haven’t been watching them more intently – we had to make sure we didn’t miss out on any part of such a rare and wonderful audiovisual treat!

This experience is definitely recommended, for all ages. But do so with a movie you already know, as you need to be able to break away at regular intervals from watching the movie in order to be able to give some well deserved attention to these amazing musicians and the wonderment they produce.

Shane

Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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