Review: Kieran Hodgson: ’75 at the Pleasance Courtyard

Bouncing on to the stage, barely stopping for a breath, Kieran Hodgson gets straight down to business, setting the unrelenting pace for the tightly packed hour to come. 

Hodgson’s confident performance is dizzying, jumping between absurd imagined characters to an equally absurd real-life character, complete with an array of socio-political references and revelations squished in to take the audience through a whirlwind tour of the European Union and Britain’s love-hate relationship with it.

Young, gay, pro-EU and working in the performing arts, Hodgson is well aware he screams left-wing but regardless of which political side you lean towards, ’75 is refreshingly objective and well-rounded. Hodgson invites his audience to come on a journey with him in an attempt to better understand how Britain has landed where it is today in what is a thoughtful piece on a somewhat arduous topic, one which, very much to Hodgson’s relief, is still relevant to date.

Whilst this show offers something for both sides of the Brexit debate, it does ooze with some very specific British witticisms which might not quite connect for some of the tourists in town at the moment. Regardless, if you have any understanding of the history of the EU and the UK government, this show will have you laughing throughout. Even if political satire goes right over your head, Hodgson’s pop culture references and brilliant impressions will be enough to keep you entertained.

Kieran Hodgson: ’75, Pleasance Courtyard Beneath, 6-26 Aug, 8.15pm

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