Silliness in the Seven Kingdoms as Graeme of Thrones returns to Norwich
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The Game of Thrones inspired show is a funny and affectionate mix of parody, spoof and tribute as seen through the eyes of a super-fan who dreams of amount a live production of his favourite fantasy.
People getting stabbed, decapitated, burned to death by dragons — it doesn't sound much like a fun, light-hearted comedy show. But then if you're a fan of the mega-popular fantasy TV show Game of Thrones, about to return for its seventh series, it will sound very familiar.
And the HBO show's mix of family rivalry, violence and multiple characters had made it ripe for parody in the eyes of the creators of Graeme of Thrones, which returns to Norwich Playhouse this weekend after a sell-out show last year.
The show, written by a team of some of the UK's top comedy writers, is a funny and affectionate mix of parody and tribute through the eyes of a superfan.
The critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms which is back after tours in the US and Australia, is a loving homage that is both very silly and very funny.
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Writer and BAFTA winner Jon Brittain said: 'Graeme of Thrones is a parody, farce, show-within-a-show and loving-homage. It's nice to be in a room where being an anally retentive fanboy is actually a good thing. The team are having a lovely time geeking out and discussing how ridiculous Ser Jorah and Littlefinger's voices are, how Daenerys really should have double checked there was a no-nudity clause in her contract, and how Jon Snow really is incredibly boring, but so pretty!'
In the show's play-within-a-play concept, an obsessive fan of the show, Graeme, attempts to mount a live production of Game of Thrones with his buddy Paul and former childhood crush Bryony. Only they don't have the rights, the money or the talent to quite pull it off, and chaos ensues. Though he's sure George RR Martin would approve – and that's what matters.
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Graeme himself explains: 'I've set my heart on putting on the best Game of Thrones tribute show there is. The only problem is, I don't have any talent. But what I lack in talent, I more than make up for with blind optimism and ruthless hope.
'There are so many characters and the range of them is so vast. From Tyrion to the Hound, Ser Jorah to Hodor there are so many to be fond of, so many you love to hate, even more you hate to love.
'They all have traits that make them instantly recognisable when we reverse them on stage, which makes for some hilarious caricatures.
'Basically, Game of Thrones is so well loved and the show comes from such a place of love that it makes Graeme of Thrones a brilliantly silly, funny and fun show.'
• Graeme of Thrones, Norwich Playhouse, June 9, 7.30pm, £18.50, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk