Fresh from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Harriet Kemsley is bringing her new critically acclaimed show ‘Honeysuckle Island’ to the Soho Theatre and then touring nationally this autumn.
Fed up with being told how to look and behave since she was a teenager, Harriet is taking a long hard squint at the beauty industry through her two remaining false eyelashes. She channels her personal experiences into this hilarious show, sharing anecdotes and jokes on the vicious cycle of beauty enhancement.
When she was 11 Harriet designed a dream holiday destination called ‘Honeysuckle Island’. It had waterfalls and ziplines, wild animals and everything a preteen could ever wish for. And on rediscovering her design last year Harriet spotted that she’d also included a cellulite machine.
Since having a baby daughter at the end of 2021 Harriet is reassessing societal pressures on women, bringing a funny, light, and important message of self-acceptance, embracing one’s uniqueness and Harriet’s unusual solutions to current beauty trends.
Harriet began her stand-up career in 2011, and within months, won the Funny’s Funny contest. Harriet’s other accolades include the Leicester Mercury New Act of the Year Finalist, Up The Creek New Act of the Year and Leicester Square New Act of the Year Finalist. She has been described by Time Out as ‘a very funny rising star’ and as one of Rhod Gilbert’s ‘Ten Comics to See’ in the Mail on Sunday. Harriet last appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in 2018 with her sell-out show ‘Slutty Joan’ which went on to tour nationwide.
Harriet’s television appearances include performing on Live at the Apollo (BBC1, BBC2), as a panellist on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Hypothetical (Dave), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Guessable (Comedy Central), As Yet Untitled (Dave), Comedy Central at The Comedy Store and her own show with her husband Bobby & Harriet Get Married (Viceland & Comedy Central). She also hosts a podcast, ‘Why Is Harriet Crying?’ with fellow comedian Sunil Patel. As an actress, she has appeared in both film and TV, including the film Bonobo, and on Channel 4’s Damned and BBC’s Doctor Foster. She also provided the voice of Nashandra, the final boss of the video game Dark Souls II.
Upcoming television appearances include 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4) & Hypothetical (Dave) as well as House of Games (BBC), This is My House (BBC 1) and Question Team (Dave).
What the press have said about Harriet Kemsley:
“A quirky, refreshingly charming comedian at the dawn of her TV career” Radio Times
“Packs in high calibre jokes” Guardian ★★★★
“A masterful hour… one of the most rewarding shows of the Fringe” Skinny ★★★★
“An extraordinarily talented young woman with a gift for comedy and a story to tell.” The Scotsman ★★★★
Fest Mag ★★★★
TOUR LISTING INFORMATION:
- Tue 13 -17 Sept, London, Soho Theatre: https://sohotheatre.com
- Sat 1 Oct, Brighton, Komedia: https://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/
- Sun 2 Oct, Newport Pagnell, The Cannon Pub: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/539759
- Thu 6 Oct, Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree: https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/lemon-tree/
- Fri 7 Oct, Hawick, Heart of Hawick: https://www.liveborders.org.uk/heart-of-hawick/
- Sat 8 Oct, Stockton, ARC: https://arconline.co.uk
- Sun 9 Oct, Edinburgh, Monkey Barrel: https://www.monkeybarrelcomedy.com
- Thu 13 Oct, Leeds, The Oak: https://tickets.ents24.com/event/harriet-kemsley-/the-original-oak/2165081?inf=e398fe7278cf9d5f
- Thu 20 Oct, Aldershot, West End Centre: https://www.westendcentre.co.uk
- Fri 21 Oct, Leicester, Firebug: https://firebugbar.net
- Sat 22 Oct, Cambridge, Junction: https://www.junction.co.uk
- Sun 23 Oct, Birmingham, Glee: https://www.glee.co.uk/birmingham/
- Thu 27 Oct, Winchester, The Arc: https://www.arcwinchester.org.uk
- Fri 28 Oct, Oxford, Glee: https://www.glee.co.uk/oxford/comedy/
- Thu 3 Nov, Portsmouth, Guildhall Studio: https://portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/conferencing/spaces/guildhall-studio/
- Fri 4 Nov, Bath, Rondo: https://rondotheatre.co.uk
- Mon 7 Nov, Nottingham, Glee: https://www.glee.co.uk/nottingham/
- Thu 10 Nov, Liverpool, Hot Water: https://www.hotwatercomedy.co.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwjbyYBhCdARIsAArC6LLqDFRH6htRmQyrUTEQ7mJOis-uPhRVl1wwOdaV6V0WUjfBg8vqGI8aAh-cEALw_wcB
- Fri 11 Nov, Southend, Dixon Studio: https://southendtheatres.org.uk/online/whatson-palace-dixon
- Sat 12 Nov, Bristol, Tobacco Factory Theatre: https://tobaccofactory.com
- Sun 13 Nov, Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre: https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
- Thu 17 Nov, Bridgwater, McMillan Theatre: https://www.mcmillantheatre.com
- Wed 23 Nov, Cardiff, Glee: https://www.glee.co.uk/cardiff/
- Thu 24 Nov, New Milton, Forest Arts Centre: https://www.forest-arts.co.uk/event/harriet-kemsley-honeysuckle-island
- Fri 25 Nov, Colchester, Arts Centre: https://www.colchesterartscentre.com
- Sat 26 Nov, Corsham, Pound Arts: https://poundarts.org.uk
- Wed 30 Nov, Glasgow, The Stand: https://www.thestand.co.uk/glasgow/
- Thu 1 Dec, Manchester, XS Malarkey: https://www.xsmalarkey.com
- Tue 6 Dec, Norwich, Voodoo Daddy’s Showroom: https://www.voodoodaddysshowroom.co.uk
- Sat 10 Dec, Canterbury, Gulbenkian: https://thegulbenkian.co.uk