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Venue:Finnegan's Wake, 9b Victoria Street Edinburgh EH1 2HE
Phone: 0131 225 9348
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Back Room
AUG 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 19:30 (60 min)
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Award-winning comedian Sarah Callaghan, fresh from hugely successful tours of Australia and New Zealand, returns to Edinburgh with a powerhouse mash-up of comedy and poetry about gangs, fitting right in and feeling left out. Everyone seems to have a gang - her peers, family, politicians, terrorists. Where’s hers?
'Sharp and funny...no impersonations or corny artificial persona - just a young lady-geezer talking funny for an hour. Damn the industry needs more of that' ★★★★ The Music, Australia
'Fiercely impressive and quite stunning’ ★★★★ Scotsman
‘An utter natural’ ★★★★ Chortle

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August 18, 2018  The List
Pent-up fury and searing rage blunted by a few weak gags.

This year's Fringe show from Sarah Callaghan is about wanting to be in a gang. She desperately wants to fit in, to feel like she's got a family, to get respect and, if possible, a slot on mainstream telly, please. But watching lots of her jokes fall flat, it seems like she needs to pick a team rather a gang. One part of her tries to be on the chummy, mainstream comedy club team, with her banter about geezer mates in London affectionately pretend-bumming her in front of their annoyed girlfriends, and the other part seems to be searing with rage at a spoken-word night, reciting angry, bleak poems about her young, working-class disillusionment.

Although she's been grafting hard at the comedy coalface for eight years now, Callaghan seems shy to reveal her recent attempts to write poetry, but that's the bit that seems most honest and interesting. She feels invisible because of her lack of posh credentials, but it might be nothing to do with that. Her fame-hungry, over-confident swagger and weak gags don't feel like the things that are going to set her apart, but the undertow of pent-up fury at politicians that couldn't give a monkeys, and her cynical insights after growing up in a broken home might be. Click Here

August 8, 2018  The Skinny
An interesting new direction for Sarah Callaghan.

The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan is a mix of comedy and poetry, performed by someone who’s following their own path.

Sarah Callaghan talks a lot about gangs. Everyone from families to terrorists have one, don’t they? Through snapshots of her childhood, school, making friends and nights out with the lads, she tells her story from the beginning about trying to fit in while staying true to herself.

Curiously for a comedian, it’s when she speaks in verse that she really comes alive. Her passion shines through as she looks the audience straight in the eye and drops the mask. She knows who she is and she doesn’t play games. She’s open to groups but she doesn’t need a gang. But she would like everyone to support each other, particularly in the creative industry. There’s a sense of conflict here, between wanting to do things her way and craving support and approval, but it makes her seem more genuine.

The message in this show – be who you want to be – is not subtle, but that’s not what Sarah Callaghan is about. She might not be everyone’s cup of tea but she doesn’t seem to care and at least she is keeping it real. Click Here

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