Berk’s Nest and United Agents presents
Kieran Hodgson: ‘75
Pleasance Beneath: 1st – 26th August: 8.15pm
Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show Nominee 2015 and 2016
Following two Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations in a row for his thrilling and genre-defining shows Lance and Maestro, Kieran Hodgson returns to the Fringe with a show that explores how politics can rip apart even the closest and loving of relationships. ’75 is the hilarious story of Kieran’s attempts to reunite his mother and the neighbour who had helped to raise him, two previously close friends driven apart after decades by the shadow of Brexit. Kieran follows up two shows about popular hobbies (cycling and music) with one which bravely shines a light on the trickiest question of our time: ‘Europe?’
Kieran Hodgson has always been a history know-it-all: when struggling to make conversation he will readily resort to a game of ‘let’s name all the Prime Ministers in reverse order,’ much to the intense dislike of his friends, family, and husband. But when the 2016 Referendum tore apart one of his mum’s closest relationships, Kieran believed he could give his obsession with history books a new purpose, turning to them in order to make sense of how we got here and heal the wound.
Kieran interweaves a tale of two intimate, personal relationships and a personal quest for understanding with one of epic European history, coming up against both in a brand new hysterical and moving tour de force from this award-winning comic. Expect a story of passion and betrayal as Kieran overestimates his intellectual abilities and fills his show with somehow-funny descriptions of voting systems and a rogue’s gallery of historical figures that he delights in bringing back to life: awkward war hero (and perhaps questionable Prime Minister) Ted Heath, milk-snatching pioneer Margaret Thatcher, and Huddersfield’s most famous son (after Kieran), Harold Wilson. It’s like ‘Hamilton’ if ‘Hamilton’ was about Wilson and had no money or songs.
Kieran’s last show, Maestro, was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2016, the 2017 Chortle Award for Best Show and was programmed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival after a UK national tour and three sold-out runs at the Soho Theatre Downstairs. Following the success of Maestro, Kieran was the only comedian nominated for the Times Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.
While developing ‘75, Kieran has become new series regular Gordon in Series 3 of hit BBC2 sitcom Two Doors Down alongside Arabella Weir and Doon Mackichan, and he wrote and performed his BBC Radio 4 series Kieran Hodgson’s Earworms inspired by Maestro. Recent and upcoming television and radio appearances include: as a regular on BBC3’s comedy series Famalam, Dave’s Unspun With Matt Forde, Netflix’s Lovesick, as Malcolm McLaren in Sky Arts’ Urban Myths: The Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy and reprising his role as Pliny the Younger in Radio 4’s How To Survive The Roman Empire by Pliny And Me. He has also appeared in BBC 2’s single drama We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story alongside John Sessions, Kevin Bishop and Sally Phillips, BBC 2’s Ben Elton–penned Shakespearean sitcom Upstart Crow alongside David Mitchell, Harry Enfield and Spencer Jones, as well as BBC’s Jonathan Creek and Count Arthur Strong as well as E4’s Drifters Series 3 and Siblings Series 2 and the box office smash Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
Kieran is a hugely in demand writer and performer who currently has his own scripted projects in development with Guilty Party Pictures / C4, Merman Films and Objective Fiction / Sky.
What the Press had to say about Kieran Hodgson:
‘This could well be the show of the Fringe…Hodgson has a remarkable eye for comic minutiae…no opportunity for a laugh is missed.’ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Daily Telegraph
‘An absolute gem of a comedy show… Every line of his script is wired for laughter’
Best Comedy Show of 2015 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian
‘There is not a more exquisitely performed hour of humour on the Fringe right now ‘ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ London Evening Standard
‘Sweet but sharply written and fluidly-performed…this funny, heartwarming show sends you out humming with happiness’ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Times
‘A must-see solo act. After Maestro, it will be fascinating to see what he has up his sleeve for an encore.’
★ ★ ★ ★ The List
‘This show is no less than a comedy symphony: sophisticated and wide in scope…A maestro Mr Hodgson most certainly is.’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chortle
‘Spellbinding…Maestro is a rewarding show about love, truth and growing up.’ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Skinny
‘Hodgson is an astute comedian who brings wistful heart to a rapid-fire succession of high-quality jokes.’
★ ★ ★ ★ The Scotsman
‘The performance is faultless; each of Hodgson’s characters brought to life with simple, deft brushstrokes and delivered with a brilliant mastery of accents. ‘ ★ ★ ★ ★ Herald Sun
‘Hodgson flips between all of his characters with ease…the writing is tight and packed with jokes.’ ★ ★ ★ ★ iNews
‘This is everything an Edinburgh show ought to be: hilarious, moving, daft and fast-paced.’ The Observer
Dates: 1st – 26th August 2018
Show: Kieran Hodgson: ‘75
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard: Beneath
Address: 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
Price: Previews: £6, Early Week: £8(£7), Midweek: £10(£9), Weekend: £12
Box office: www.pleasance.co.uk / www.edfringe.com / 0131 226 0000