Last year the queues for Kieran’s show stretched right around the street and left the many who couldn’t get in sorely disappointed (including us!).
We finally caught his homage to Lance Armstrong in London and quickly understood what all the fuss was about. One of the best one-man, character-driven storytellers around.
Hello. How are you today?
Oh hi! I’m exhausted, as it happens. Been rehearsing for this musical/magic show/comedy that I’m doing at the Fringe in addition to my show. Turns out being able to do a Tony Benn impression does not mean you can tap dance.
Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?
Oh you bet! It’s number 10 in a row for me so the Fringe Society will be organising a big curry supper where Simon Munnery presents me with my badge.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
I’m the least spontaneous person I know so the whole shebang was plotted out and planned by last November. Thus my programme blurb is unnervingly accurate and the show itself can’t be changed no matter much the ‘critics’ or ‘I’ want to change it.
What are your tips for getting people to see your show?
Don’t allow me to flyer for it. My flyering technique mainly consists in standing on the Royal mile glowering at people, offering about four flyers in the course of an afternoon because I’m scared of strangers, then running behind the cathedral for a bit of a cry because no-one’s taken my flyers and my show is a failure. This is not a recipe for success.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
I’m being a lodger for the first time this year, trying to be quiet as a church mouse as a charming family go about their business round me. I’ve been promised a discount on the rent if I walk the dogs so I think survival is a given. I may even end the month with a lower resting heart rate which will be a great comfort to my own family.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
I have already booked to see Spencer Jones, who I missed last year like the prat I am, and I managed to get a Bridget Christie ticket so am stoked to be seeing both of them in the first week. Plus Alistair McGowan’s doing a play about Erik Satie which should be fascinating, and then there’s the extraordinary Phil Dunning whose debut show this year I guarantee will be awesome! I try and treat myself to a few International Festival evenings each year, but all the concerts I would love to see I clash with, as between the musical/magic show/comedy and my own efforts I don’t have much of an evening. So no Mahler 10 or Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder for me – you enjoy, you lucky punters!
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Playing tennis with Rory O’Keeffe on the Meadows. I’ve never faced him before so wish me luck. That, my favourite pub and seeing whether the Pleasance Dome staff remember that they barred me last year.
Salt and sauce on your chips?
Yes, unless cheese. Bene’s on Canongate does the best cheesy chips I ever had. City Restaurant is a close second and handier for my favourite pub.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
My favourite pub is the Dagda Bar.
Kieran Hodgson: Maestro
6-28 Aug, 9.30pm