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Game Of Thrones can create lasting legacy

Published 10/08/2016

The scheduled end of HBO's televised production of the Game Of Thrones is regrettable (Comment, August 4). As reported, our economy has benefited "to the tune of £146m, according to Northern Ireland Screen".

However, the planned final televised showing in 2018 shouldn't be an end to Game Of Thrones' benefits; we need to understand and creatively respond to the opportunities, creating a beneficial Game Of Thrones' legacy.

So far, besides revenues directly from HBO, Northern Ireland has responded through private enterprise, such as locally based Game Of Thrones-themed tours.

Additionally, public-run enterprises, including NI Screen and tourist information organisations, have diligently promoted our fledgling film sector and national assets, such as Ballintoy Harbour and Dark Hedges.

But what next? Well, I'd like to suggest we all re-watch season six, episodes five and six, in particular the scenes where Arya Stark is ordered to assassinate an actress of a theatrical street performance (War Of The Five Kings), which tells the Games Of Thrones story in satire.

Can we organise or sponsor local amateur drama groups to recreate this performance, or a family variation, for the estimated 2.3 million visitors here?

Imagine the promotional impact such Game Of Thrones-inspired street entertainment would have for tourism if performed by local people at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.



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