Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson
On one hand the story of how a troubled little girl grew up to meet her idols, on another the account of why Sofie Hagen needed to succeed in peeing on a man for personal satisfaction, this is an accomplished debut from the skilled, likeable Dane.
Growing up in less than ideal circumstances, she resolved to become the biggest Westlife fan she could, stalking the Irish boyband and penning slash fiction so intense it made her a minor celebrity among her fellow devotees. Mental health wobbles followed, yet she has come out the other side with a wonderfully wry perspective on that period of her life. Warm, but with flashes of sly mischief, she’s an easy listen, her personal stories and observations related with charm and charisma.
Returned to with the wisdom of age and experience, the writings of her naïve adolescence prove a soft but reliably entertaining target. And if by the end of the show Hagen emerges relatively happy and successful, there’s enough candid edge throughout to sustain a rich, absorbing hour.
Liquid Room Annexe, Until 31 August, today 7:10pm / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015
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