Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap

credit: Karla Howlett

Unwaveringly upbeat tales of depression, self-harm and Westlife

Sofie Hagen wears her heart on her sleeve. The Danish comedian introduces Bubblewrap as a 'personal show' and she's not kidding. Over the hour, she covers stories of urophilia, self-harming, petty theft and depression, yet it's a testament to her bubbly disposition that this is an unwaveringly upbeat, if not hilarious show.

When she was 13-years-old Hagen developed an endearing fixation with Irish boyband Westlife. Determined to be their number one fan, she went above and beyond the call of duty by writing an anthology of fan fiction.

Whether she's fantasising about having sex with the band or imagining a gay tryst between its members, every time Hagen reaches for her book of stories, the audience's enthusiasm for the next tale is palpable. Hagen assures us that we can check the veracity of her narratives as they've been immortalised by the unforgetting internet. But there's little doubt of their authenticity as they're forged with a cutely naive earnestness, and she sweetly explains how her sexual ignorance created such unlikely scenarios.

Bubblewrap gently ebbs and flows and Hagen is a charming host. And she wraps up her likeable show with a killer punchline.

Liquid Room Annexe, 226 0000, until 31 Aug, 7.10pm, free.

Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap

  • 3 stars

Hagen's debut solo hour looks at being a teenager, mental health and Westlife.