Kieran Hodgson - Flood
Confusing plethora of disparate characters pulls the show down
This article is from 2013.
Hodgson's is a one man show telling of how the inhabitants of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire recreate the story of the previous year's flood (2012 was indeed a rainy year) at a surprise birthday party for Owen as thrown by his girlfriend Stephanie. If that sounds confusing it's probably because it is.
Hodgson muddles his way through a plethora of disparate characters and though he presents them in a variety of different voices – including one which is sung in what is presumably a Les Miserables reference - and appropriates occasional props, they still merge into each other. Others appear largely irrelevant such as the Australian quizmaster and his questions about curry.
But there are some laughs here and one character, the scout mistress, who had to strap down her breasts in order to become a boy scout and is prepping her charges for a dangerous excavation trip in the lardy sewers, is a lovely creation that works from start to finish. But for the rest of the hour it's exhausting trying to keep up with the goings on.
Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug (not 15), 5.40pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).