Season seven of the cult fantasy drama Game Of Thrones passed us by this summer in a blur of dragons’ breath, and with talk of season eight not returning to our screens until 2019, there would be a long wait for ‘Thronies’ to get their fix, until now that is.
Graeme of Thrones sees George RR Martin’s epic novel sequence turned HBO TV phenomenon Game of Thrones recreated into a die-hard fans, stupidly hilarious small stage production. Graeme’s (John-Luke Roberts) dream is to stage a tribute to his favourite show with the help of his best friend Paul (Ross Spaine) and their old school crush Bryony (Nicola Lamont), whilst trying to impress an audience of investors and catch the attention of an influential theatrical producer from the crowd.
Created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers and directed by Sam Bailey, Graeme of Thrones effortlessly captures prolific GoT scenes and strips them back to caricatured imitations of your favourite characters, scenes, makeshift costumes and sticky-tape props.
The show's description states that, ‘no previous knowledge of the show is needed’, and in most parts this is true however, most of the gags rest heavily on your knowledge of Winterfell and the relationships between each character.
The venue on this occasion was at the Charring Cross Theatre, after a stint at venues from around the world. This theatre however, worked perfectly for the production. With a cast of only three actors, you couldn’t help but feel as if Graeme was indeed pitching to the audience as investors to bankroll his dream show.
There’s much humour to be found in this ninety-minute production from lo-fi props which elevate sequences from funny to eye-wateringly hilarious; one example would be when Bryony re-enacts the moment Sansa Stark experiences her first period. Similarly, Paul and Bryony’s take on Melessandras birth of a dark spirit sent to execute Stanis Baratheeons brother Renley; this scene quickly turns into a BDSM, strobe-light-lit rave, which left the audience in stitches.
The performance moves chronologically for the most part, however then begins to dart between series and scenes in no real order, this, however unorthodox, adds to the show's charm as being a little clumsy in its presentation.
All three actors perform each role brilliantly, the script is sharp and could easily be mistaken as improv as jokes are delivered effortlessly and scenes are ingeniously thrown together. This is the must-see show for GoT fans alike even newbie’s will be left with a Now TV subscription.
Graeme Of Thrones is playing at the Charing Cross Theatre until 11th November. For more information and tickets, see the Charing Cross Theatre
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