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Review: Graeme of Thrones

Adelaide Fringe

Fresh from successful tours of the UK and North America, this wonderfully rough piece of theatre parodies a certain hit television series of a similar name. ★★★★

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In the context of a fan called Graeme getting two friends together to perform a stage version of the show, John-Luke Roberts, Ross Spaine, Nicola Lamont have a ball playing a range of the most popular characters using wigs and simple costuming while doing the various voices and accents.

Spaine’s presentation of the horse-loving Dothraki warrior Khal Drogo is hysterical, and it is comedy gold when he and Lamont sing Dothraki wedding songs that sound similar to The Carpenters and Disney musicals.

The audience loved the simulated nudity (which left everything to the imagination) and the sex, lust, rivalry and violence that is inevitable in a satire of George RR Martin’s stories.

Lamont’s Red Woman giving birth to a black spirit, her solo dance drama of Sansa Stark’s first period, and a boar’s perspective of Robert Baratheon’s savage end were highly entertaining, while Roberts’ depiction of Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow were clever and inventive comedy.

The incest is playfully hinted at and puppets are used to portray the evil Joffrey.

Graeme of Thrones is great fun and uses loads of simple theatricality to thoroughly entertain. Even the distinctive, computer-generated opening credits are presented inventively to the applause of the audience.

Four stars

Graeme of Thrones is playing in the Umbrella Revolution tent, Garden of Unearthly Delights, until March 19.

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