Kieran Hodgson - Flood (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Kieran Hodgson - Flood

Confusing plethora of disparate characters pulls the show down

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).

Kieran Hodgson - Flood

  • 2 stars

Live Nation and United Agents Present. 2012 brought the wettest summer in a century. 2013 brings a brand new character comedy show from rising star Kieran Hodgson (Radio 4's Fresh from the Fringe and Cabin Pressure, upcoming film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa). Writer on The Amazing World of Gumball for the Cartoon Network…