Winter is Coming
- Brian Donaldson
- 13 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Messy non-tribute to Game of Thrones is simply all over the place
Edinburgh has officially gone Game of Thrones crazy. Jack ‘Joffrey’ Gleeson is in town with his theatre sketch group, Diana Rigg will be discussing bad theatre reviews and George RR Martin is popping up at the Book Festival. So the time seems perfect for some kind of comedy tribute to the made-up world of Westeros. Except, Winter is Coming (as close to the show’s catchphrase as you might get) isn’t it. Indeed, it’s actually barely concerned with the show at all: a neat trick to pull off when you’re trying to fill a room the size of the Gilded Balloon’s Nightclub.
The basis for this show is that a group is workshopping a musical which they hope will get the attention of HBO and lead to bigger and brighter things for the actors. Except there are enormous egos to be wrestled with and Vince has the biggest one of all, giving himself the juicier roles.
The very mention of a character’s name seems enough for some people to go ballistic, and while one front-row guy gets to be Hodor for an hour, the pleasure is purely his. It’s simply all over the place, the whole thing messier than the Red Viper’s head after his encounter with the Mountain’s massive fingers.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 25 Aug (not 19), 3pm, £10--£11 (£8--£9).