Thrones! The Musical! – A Parody of Game of Thrones – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2015THRONES_AAUThrones! The Musical! – A Parody of Game of Thrones continues at Assembly George Square until 30 August.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★

A group of friends gather together to watch the last ever, ever episode of Game of Thrones on TV. One of the friends confesses he has never actually watched the show – cue the whole idea of quickly explaining the whole story and cast of characters in just under an hour, in time for the final broadcast.

So begins a hilarious break-neck speed recap of all you ever needed to know about Game of Thrones but were afraid to ask.

I should state here and now that I am a bit of a Thrones fan – I think this was almost universal in the audience – so it’s difficult to tell if non-Thrones people would ‘get’ this show. We all certainly did! It’s non-stop laughter, but more than that, it’s so wittily and concisely delivered.

Jon Snow is the first main character we see – complete with THAT hair and his faithful direwolf, Ghost.  The shorthand used to describe characters is perfect– Daenerys and Cersei are instantly recognised by hair/dress combo; Joffrey with crown, of course; Egret’s flaming red hair; and then there’s the unmistakeable Tyrion.

Tyrion is portrayed by Chris Grace – his fans from his unforgettable Christian Grey in last year’s 50 Shades shall be rejoicing as he again delivers a memorable performance.  His accent is bang on, particularly ‘Whist-ee-rose’ for Westeros, and becomes one of the successful running gags.

The best shorthand is the entire relationship between Arya and The Hound summed up in three lines of dialogue – skillful! The duet between Joffrey and Ramsay is glorious and the hip-hop White Walkers soooo work.

The writing team of Al Samuels, Dan Wessels, Chris Grace and Nick Semar win great admiration and Erica Elam’s direction is sparky, pacey and crystal clear. Well done, all – the North will remember!

Fiona Orr

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