Having given up a job in marketing, Ali Brice has put his faith in Game of Thrones, or at least a theatrical parody based on the hit show.
Graeme of Thrones is his theatrical debut and in it he plays the titular Graeme as well as well known GOT characters including Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lanister and Jamie Lanister.
The 90-minute show, created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, comes to the Ulster Hall on Saturday April 30, direct from sold out shows in London’s West End and Australia.
Ali told belfastvibe: “Uberfans will get more out of it because they’ll understand all the references, but you don’t have to be a huge Game of Thrones fan to enjoy it. My grandma really liked the show and she’s never seen a single episode. But then she’s biased.
“It’s so big and bold and stupid there’s something for everyone to take from it.”
Ali admitted he wasn’t one of the uberfans but he had seen every episode prior to auditioning for the role.
He said: “I watched it all once before, maybe the first season twice as it took me a while to get into it. I watched it all again in a month after I got the part. Everyone who’s involved in the show has rewatched it at least once from the stage hands up to the director.
“The people who wrote it are able to quote entire scenes, they know it inside out. They’re huge fans and it comes across in the show. We don’t make fun of Game of Thrones, but we do put on a funny show that fans of Game of Thrones will enjoy.”
Summing up the show he said: “It’s about three idiots putting on their version of Game of Thrones to the best of their ability or lack of.
“I think it’s just chance that we’re kicking off the tour at the same time series six is coming on the TV.”
Graeme of Thrones goes right up to series five, covering such epic events as The Red Wedding and the rather unnerving shaving scene.
Ali explained how he got involved with the production: “I came onto the show in November 2015. I was working for a software company doing marketing. I got offered the part on Friday, handed in my notice on Saturday and my last day was on Monday. Come September when the tour ends I’ll have to get another job, but I’ll worry about that when it comes closer to the time.”
Ali has been doing stand up comedy since 2009 performing on a yearly basis at the Edinburgh Fringe. As well as his jokes he says he owes some of his comic appeal to his facial hair.
“I’d been working at Movember which is where the moustache came from,” he said. “It gave me added comic value so I kept it.”
Ali added: “Without sounding too cliched this is like a dream come true for me. I’ve wanted to do something like this all my life. When the opportunity came I just went with it. I still get terribly nervous before each show but the adrenalin I get from it is the best feeling in the world.
“When we were at Leicester Square there was a rumour that Hodor had come to watch the show but there were no confirmed sightings.”
You can purchase Graeme of Thrones tickets by calling 028 9033 4455, online at www.ulsterhall.co.uk and at The Ulster Hall Box Office.