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KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN Rising comic in plea for empathy in these divided times
Good news for writers and performers is pretty low on the ground just now, but for Kiri Pritchard- McLean there’s a ray of hope. The BBC have just announced that she’s the recipient of this year’s Caroline Aherne Bursary which offers a nice lump sum and some mentoring to develop a comedy script. On receiving the award, Pritchard-McLean said it was ‘an honour to be associated with Caroline in any way. Now I can pretend my endless rewatching of Mrs Merton and The Royle Family is for work and not just me being a creepy fangirl.’
Cash in the bank, she can now hopefully concentrate for a spell on her live work as Empathy Pains continues its journey across the UK. This host of Newsjack, the non-performing writer of scary sketch groups Gein’s Family Giftshop and Tarot (whose spring tour dates have now been shifted to the autumn) and true crime co-podcaster of All Killa No Filla, Pritchard-McLean’s current show wonders why empathy is seen by some as a weakness, when it’s surely a great strength of humanity in strained times. We’re keeping ﬁ ngers crossed that her live dates are fulﬁ lled, but an August Fringe run of this show will be another chance to glimpse a rising star at full pelt. (Brian Donaldson) ■ The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 13 Apr; The Stand, Edinburgh, Tue 14 Apr.
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