Student Daniel Young appears unannounced at the country estate of retired university don Jason Cavendish claiming to be writing a thesis on one of Cavendish’s fantasy novels, but soon the visitor’s true agenda emerges.
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An arrangement of familiar Potter devices - the visitation from a stranger, concealment, treachery, cowed women - is given a sheen by Director Loncraine and the company. Playing it straight seems to best way to tackle Potter, otherwise the elliptical dialogue and metaphorical allusions could be exposed for the repetitive clunk they sometimes are - nearly everything in this play can be cited elsewhere in his work.