The Edinburgh Fringe Archive – Sofie Hagen (Bubblewrap, 2015)
Sofie Hagen started their stand-up career in their home country of Denmark, before quickly moving to London to further their career. 2015 brought the debut show to Edinburgh.
Bubblewrap examined issues of depression and mental health, difficult teenage years, and attacking the beauty industry, all with just a dash of Westlie and a perfectly cringe reading of their Westlife Fan Fiction.
Hagen’s debut hour is fantastic. It’s consistently funny, personal, and a slyly powerful show about a young woman overcoming her negative body image, with a little help from Westlife along the way…
She’s a modest performer, drawing you in to listen rather than coming out and grabbing you, but the material is strong enough to do all the heavy-lifting. She knows when to be punchy, when to quicken up and sit tight, and all with the minimum of fuss.
(* * * * / Chortle)
It’s fair to say that Hagen nailed the Edinburgh experience, with the ‘Best Newcomer award from the (no longer the Perriers) Edinburgh Comedy Awards, joining previous newcomer awards from Laughing Horse and Chortle.
The Fringe podcast caught up with Sofie early in August. The show was doing well, and audiences were coming in, but the plan for a small and intimate first time in Edinburgh was upstaged with the venue moved to the 500 seater Liquid Rooms rock band stage.
So, let’s take a trip to PBH’s Free Fringe, into the Liquid Rooms, and get ready to enjoy some Bubblewrap…
- Find out more from PBH’s Free Fringe here. Follow Sofie Hagen on Twitter, @sofiehagen , or their website www.sofiehagen.com.
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