United Agents and Berk’s Nest Present
The Speakeasy at the Voodoo Rooms 6th – 29th August
Foster’s Comedy Award Nominee 2015
Following a phenomenal sell-out run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Kieran Hodgson returns with Maestro, the highly anticipated follow up to his Foster’s Comedy Award Nominated Lance. Directed and produced by Berk’s Nest, this new hour of comedy traces Kieran’s musical roots as he attempts to conduct a symphony at the Speakeasy in the Voodoo Rooms from the 6th to the 29th August.
In 2003 Kieran Hodgson heard the music of Gustav Mahler and decided to write a symphony. 13 years later he returns to the Fringe with a story about falling in love and attempting something far beyond your abilities. Plus a violin. In his most personal and ambitious show to date, Kieran creates a story about trying to find love when you’re the kind of loser who writes classical music instead of playing football.
Lance has now had four sell-out Soho Theatre runs as well as two weeks at the Invisible Dot. It was named The Guardian’s Best Comedy Show of 2015 and Kieran has also been touring Lance nationally (his debut tour) since last Autumn where it has been selling out up and down the country.
As well as displaying his impressive and hilarious live character comedy, Hodgson starred in the role of Ian Lavender in BBC 2’s single drama We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story alongside John Sessions, Kevin Bishop and Sally Phillips which had BBC2’s biggest audience for a single drama of 2015 and aired multiple times over Christmas. Kieran has a guest role in BBC 2’s eagerly awaited Ben Elton–penned Shakespearean sitcom Upstart Crow alongside David Mitchell, Harry Enfield and Spencer Jones, which will start TXing in May. He has also appeared in 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.
This year in addition to Maestro, Kieran will be starring in Nick Mohammed’s eagerly awaited Mr Swallow: Houdini! at the Pleasance with David Elms – reprising the role of Jonathan after taking part in the hit show Dracula! (Mr Swallow: the Musical) in 2014.
As a regular on BBC Radio 4, Kieran has appeared in shows such as What The Future?, Newsjack, Decline and Fall, The Barchester Chronicles and as a regular on the four part sitcom The Lentil Sorters with Vincent Franklin, Rebekah Staton and Julia Deakin. He also recently played Pliny the Younger in BBC Radio 4’s serial How To Survive The Roman Empire with Joanna Scanlan.
Kieran is also a very talented writer who has television projects in development with Guilty Party Pictures, Kudos and What Larks.
What the press had to say about Kieran Hodgson:
“An absolute gem of a comedy show… Every line of his script is wired for laughter”
Best Comedy Show of 2015 ★★★★★ The Guardian
“Kieran Hodgson has here served up a one-man effort that lets his comedic talents roar as never before… Tour de France? Tour de force, more like” ★★★★ Daily Telegraph
“A triumph of a show…with plenty of genuinely laugh-out-loud moments… Quite frankly, it’s bloody impressive, Hodgson is seriously spinning plates in this show.” ★★★★1/2 Chortle
“Hodgson is an astute comedian who brings wistful heart to a rapid-fire succession of high-quality jokes” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“Hodgson has penned a beautiful, poignant and most importantly very funny show about innocence lost, and how you can never truly go home again.” ★★★★★ The Skinny
“the narrative builds to a beautiful climax, which manages to be both heartwarming and deeply cynical at the same time, with perfect logic. It’s a screenwriter’s dream ending, adding to a show that already has a cinematic feel thanks to Hodgson’s vivid portrayal and convincing performance.” Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Hodgson’s embodiment of the multiple characters is elegant and impressive”
“Hodgson is delightful to spend time with”
Date: 6th – 29th August
Show: Kieran Hodgson: Maestro
Venue: The Speakeasy at the Voodoo Rooms
Address: 19a W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA