Star rating: ***
Space Cabaret @ Venue 54
Edinburgh EH1 1SD Where Royal Mile meets North Bridge
0131-510 2387. FREE (Donations welcome)
2-23 August 2014 @11.15a.m.
Under pressure. What is it like being a young Asian muslim woman who is not Malala? Malala Yousafzai of course is the young Pakistani woman who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 and went on to campaign for human rights and education for girls in Pakistan. She was also nominated for the nobel peace prize.
Sadia Azmat is very funny in a show that tells stories from her upbringing and how her life is today, just being a regular girl going about her business, not trying to be a nobel prize winner! It was sharp and keenly portrayed and had the audience laughing away at the Asian family stereotypes she talked about. There’s a very good line about press coverage which neatly pinpointed the dichotomy between, for instance, wanting to be a successful stand up comedian and yet avoid the attendant publicity that would go with achieving that aim.
This was a pacey, well structured show, with plenty of funny gags, witty ad libs and friendly audience interaction. She was on for a good 45 minutes, but I could have watched Sadia for much longer.
I first saw Sadia three years ago in her call centre show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011 and this new show is evidence of the developing potential I saw back then. As an Asian comedienne she occupies a fairly unique space on the comedy scene. She is good and I look forward to seeing much more from her in the years to come.
Review – Friday 8th August 2014
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