Returning to the Fringe for another year Thrones! The Musical Parody is exactly what it says on the tin. If you’re a Thrones fan with access to the Internet there won’t be a joke in here that surprises you but you’ll chortle away to yourself anyway because Thrones is both so passionately loved and so very easy to mock and the creators of the parody know how to twist every one of those knobs. Thrones fans would be hard-pushed not to enjoy it because it is so very silly and fun.
Thrones! is the best kind of slick show that looks like it was put together in half an hour
Thrones! is the best kind of slick show that looks like it was put together in half an hour (the point really as they whole premise is a bunch of mates putting on an amateur reenactment in their living room for a friend who has – gasp – never seen an episode in their life and has to catch up before the last ever episode ends in an hour). The costumes and props are inspired/created from everyday household objects which is a delightful and imaginative twist – although I do wish they took it a bit further – and makes for some true high points when a dragon is created from an umbrella and some curtains or the Nights’ Watch cloaks out of bath mats.
The cast are all terrific. Excellent singers and comic actors and bring bountiful energy and charisma to the stage. They skip through at least a dozen different song genres without missing a beat and as a proportion of them have just come off stage as this companies other show – Baby Wants Candy – their stamina is quite something.
The show does an excellent job covering most of the key points of Games of Thrones, however as more seasons get added I get the impression it becomes harder and harder to squeeze a meaningful amount of the show into their 75 minute slot – so just in case you haven’t watched Thrones but thought this show would be a catch up and a laugh rolled into one, I doubt you would understand it.
Especially with their promise to “fix the ending of season eight” they ending biting off a little more than they can chew and it is a little over packed and confusing at times. I wish they would cut out some of the scenes about the proxy-characters and instead focus on Thrones.
Overall I don’t think a Game of Thrones fan couldn't go much wrong here. The jokes might be obvious but they are still funny. I would very potentially pay the ticket price just to see the Red Wedding song which was truly incredible. If you’re looking for an energetic, late-night billing and you haven’t quite had your fix of the show then this is exactly what you’re looking for.