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Fringe Review: Airy Botter & The Sorcery School Headmaster’s Office Escape Room

I’m loving having more shows at the charming Girls School in Perth’s CBD, so I was really looking forward to the sell-out show (and very long titled) Airy Botter & The Sorcery School Headmaster’s Office Escape Room.

If you have never done an escape room, then this is a terrific introduction and it will leave you wanting more of the experience. If you know how escape room’s work, then expect much of the same formula of tricky riddles, hidden clues, and working together as a team to solve impossible puzzles and beat the pesky clock: often not at easy feat.

Our group of ten – most of whom were strangers who had just met on the night – worked tirelessly in turns on one of the clues that had us stumped which meant we didn’t beat the clock. So sad. Having said that, other teams have beaten the clock and worked through every riddle to solve the caper.

So, whether you book out an entire room of 10 or just blend in, soon you will be working together… and communicate you must!

A totally immersive experience in an atmospheric room decked out in a Harry Potter theme, with cool gadgets that make quirky noises and ‘bing’ open surprisingly to reward your efforts, it’s a fun challenge for sure.

Thankfully, the room is air-conditioned and you have a host who can offer clues when you are truly stuck. If I could recommend a change, it would be to make the escape experience more Fringe-worthy and, well, more adult. For instance a headmistress that will punish you if you cannot escape detention, with the host being more in character, sassy and diva-like.

I expected something quite different to the usual escape room routine. Yet while Airy Botter isn’t unique, it is cleverly executed to bring maximum satisfaction to a complex and difficult challenge. And it will leave your mind boggling over the riddles you missed.

Most nights are sold out so get in quick to be drawn into this titillating adventure! ★★★1/2

Annette McCubbin


‘Airy Botter & The Sorcery School Headmaster’s Office Escape Room’ is on at The Girls School from 28 January to 15 February .

For tickets visit www.fringeworld.com.au

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