Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog (4 stars)

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

Another intimate story of abuse and neglect from this talented Danish comic

The men in Sofie Hagen's family are, to put it mildly, quite the pieces of work. After poring over her absent father in last year's Shimmer Shatter, the Copenhagen comic turns her astute attention to the awful grandfathers in her clan: all three of them. It's quite the convoluted set-up which you should hear from Hagen herself amid a story that involves Nazi memorabilia, animal cruelty and psychological torment.

There's never a point during Dead Baby Frog when you're not on Hagen's side, even when she's giggling inappropriately at a funeral or threatening to break Brian 'Westlife' McFadden's lap, and she'll have you metaphorically punching the air when she fights back against those who condemn fat people without knowing their backstory. And Hagen is so sensitive to the needs of others that immediately prior to the show, she offers a get-out clause for those who might not want to listen to an hour about abuse.

Ultimately, this is a compelling tale of resistance and breaking free from the shackles of tyranny, with Hagen's finale revolving around a pivotal familial example of this which she witnessed first-hand. As an added bonus, your command of the Danish language will marginally improve after 60 minutes in her company.

Bedlam Theatre, until 28 Aug, 2pm, £10 (£8).

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

  • 4 stars

Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, Sofie Hagen has been charming the UK with her spot-on comedy ever since. This is her brand new show, which we hope won't actually contain any dead baby frogs.

Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 9893

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 25 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 9893

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 26 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 9893

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 28 Aug

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