Ulster Hall Plays Host to 'Graeme of Thrones'
Belfast-bound parody show pays homage to Westeros by finding farcical humour in the drama's darkest corners
In the game of thrones, you win or you die. . .laughing? So claims a live stage show taking place in Belfast this month which lovingly lampoons HBO's hit saga of dragons and warring dynasties.
While not renowned for comic set-pieces, the series does occasionally offer moments of relief amidst its usual assault on the emotions. Its dedicated viewership, too, are known for their knack of finding the funny side of even the show's bleakest sequences – more than not as a coping mechanism.
But as the April 24 premiere date of season six nears, fans will be more anxious than ever over matters such as finding out the true fate of beloved knower of nothing Jon Snow, or where showrunners will go next, having finally overtaken George R R Martin's source material on screen last year.
What better timing then, for Graeme of Thrones? Direct from a sold-out run in London's West End, the unauthorised parody takes all of the drama of the original and turns it into an over the top comedy theatre epic. The perfect distraction from the nervous dread that normally comes with each yearly installment of the TV phenomenon.
Created by a team of top UK comedy writers, the touring spoof follows avid Thrones fan Graeme, who just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy adventure on stage, despite not having quite the same pool of resources or indeed talent. He does however have the help of his best friend Paul and Bryony, the girl he's had eyes for ever since they were in school.
The stage is set for all manner of medieval goofs and gaffs when Graeme discovers that a big-name theatre producer is in the building and that his big break could be right there for the taking.
For fanatics of the locally-shot juggernaut, Graeme of Thrones is said to be a 'must see treat', and a pretty good introduction for the unenlightened too. Winter is coming, so best to keep warm with a night of costumed folly at its finest.
Graeme of Thrones comes to the Ulster Hall, Belfast on Saturday, April 30 as part of the Cool FM Comedy Club. To book tickets call 028 9033 4455 or visit www.ulsterhall.co.uk. Or enter for your chance to win tickets on our competitions section.