The phenomenal Kieran Hodgson is set to return to the stage this August, with a full run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, followed by a national tour, kicking off at the Soho Theatre from September with his highly anticipated new show ‘Big In Scotland’.
‘Big In Scotland’ is the story of being a not-quite immigrant in a not-quite different country. It’s a journey of discovery and belonging, as Kieran’s Anglo-centric view of the UK is challenged and destroyed by a cast of Scottish characters, and as Kieran himself builds a new life for himself that he could have never imagined.
Kieran Hodgson had a plan. It was to be one of those London people: wandering the streets of Chelsea, Tottenham and Leyton Orient, doing guest roles on Radio 4 sitcoms alongside Nigel Havers, and laughing scornfully at the provinces. But was this really the route to Kieran’s happiness? Is it anyone’s?
Then everything changed: in 2020 Kieran moved to Scotland because of his husband’s job, plunging a world still in shock from the Pandemic into further confusion. Who would Kieran be in this strange new land? Could he become someone totally different – better, even? Was he now obliged to give ill-informed opinions about independence to English members of his family? What was the difference between a stooshie and a rammy, and could Kieran discover it in time not to make an idiot of himself while trying to make new Scottish friends?
At a time when numerous obituaries for the United Kingdom are being written, ‘Big In Scotland’ takes a look at the non-newsy aspects of the England-Scotland relationship and makes the political both personal and daft. Kieran learns Gaelic (a bit), climbs Munros (a few), ends up starring in a Scottish sitcom (not really starring as he’s a secondary character). He meets Prime Ministers and panto stars, Weegies and Walter Scott. He asks himself and the people of his new home whether he belongs, though it turns out the answer is perhaps less important than how you ask the question.
There’s a song and maybe a tartan jacket, depending on how hot the venue is.
Kieran Hodgson is a three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominated comedian, an award-winning television writer and actor, and a new cat owner.
He was born and raised in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire and has strip-mined his formative years to create the acclaimed live shows ‘Lance’ (2015), ‘Maestro’ (2016) and ”75′ (2018), all three of which were nominated for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Listings Information
Show: Kieran Hodgson: Big In Scotland
Dates: 2nd – 27th August (not 14th)
Venue Pleasance Courtyard: Forth
Address: 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Price: £8.00 – £15.00
Box Office: www.edfringe.com / www.pleasance.co.uk
Tour Listings and tickets visit www.berksnest.com