BAFTA award winning broadcaster, TV host, writer, environmentalist, amateur balloonist and storyteller. Kevin McCloud is all that and a bit more that you don’t know about. Now it’s time for him to tell his remarkable story – in his own words, live on stage. Kevin McCloud will be doing just that in February 2020 as he brings his live show to Australia.
Kevin has been a part of our lives for the past two decades, since the last millennium in fact, as the presenter of the hit TV show Grand Designs. The World According to Kevin McCloud is a live theatre event, with Kevin sharing stories from the show, as well as anecdotes from his eventful life.
“Australia is an extraordinary place where luckily I feel very welcome,” says Kevin. “I like the can-do attitude that people have. It also has this fantastic energy about it, which is very appealing. So I’m looking forward to returning with my brand new show. It’s an evening that will entertain – and make you think. I enjoy taking complex ideas and making them accessible.”
The World According to Kevin McCloud includes a Q&A session that allows audience members to ask him questions and air their deep-seated concerns about architecture, DIY and cushions. Kevin will also dig into his own past in an entertaining survey of 1960s wallpaper, the Space Programme, McMansions, Community and the Planet. Everything that makes our environment in fact…
Raised in a house his parents built in Bedfordshire, Kevin, the son of a rocket scientist, studied the history of art and architecture at Cambridge, where he designed shows for the Footlights theatre club and its stars, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson.
After university, he retrained and worked as a theatre designer, going on to design sets and costumes for the band Harvey and the Wallbangers and the hit musical Once in the West End. Kevin also studied opera in Italy and designed the famous fruit and vegetable ceiling at the Harrods Food Hall.
Kevin was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2014, for services to sustainable design. His favourite piece of architecture might be the rebuilt facade of the library at Ephesus in Turkey. He converted his Land Rover to run on recycled vegetable oil. Kevin is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and is now allowed to use grown-up scissors and power tools.
The World According to Kevin McCloud plays Perth Concert Hall (13 February), Adelaide Festival Theatre (15 February), Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne (16 February), Concert Hall – QPAC, Brisbane (20 February), State Theatre, Sydney (21 February), Canberra Theatre (23 February) and Wrestpoint, Hobart (25 February). Tickets on sale from Monday 4 November, For more information, visit: www.kevinmccloudlive.com.au for details.
Image: Kevin McCloud (supplied)