july 2020

tue28jul8:00 pm9:00 pmAthena Kugblenu8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Show Info

Family, politics and rakes. All of lockdown’s key issues taken apart in 50 minutes of fun. Bring your own garden tools (or house plants if without a garden).

Athena went from conception to conservatory in just under two years. She experienced parenting alone, with her mum, as a co parent and finally with her partner. Her transformative journey from here to (perceived) conformity left her wondering, why are we told that one way is the right way? And why has this journey led to an obsession with rakes?

Athena is a nominee for the 99 Club Female Comedians’ Bursary and a former BBC New Comedy Award Finalist.

She’s a member of the BBC Comedy Room 2019/20 and was awarded the BBC Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME up-and-coming comedy writers in 2020.

She has written for Radio 4’s News Quiz, Newsjack, The Now Show and is a lead writer for multi cultural sketch show Sketchtopia. In she 2017 she performed at the Johannesburg international Comedy Festival and followed that with her debut hour, KMT, at the Edinburgh Fringe. Her second celebrated hour was Follow the Leader, a political show with a personal twist. She’s supported Daliso Chaponda, Nish Kumar and Fern Brady on tour.

A regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist, she’s made panel appearances on Radio 4 staples such as Comedy Club, Museum of Curiosity, Loose Ends and Arts Club. She’s also a regular on BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News.

She’s the host of podcast Keeping Athena Company, interviewing interesting people whilst eating fried plantain. It’s a great excuse for her to eat fried plantain for work.
★★★★-Edinburgh49, ★★★★-Funny Women, ★★★★-Theatre Weekly

Start Time: We recommend joining at 7:30pm (UK time) to ensure you’re set-up for an 8pm start.
Each gig lasts around 50-60 minutes.

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