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Venue:The City Café, 19 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 220 0125
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Nineties
AUG 2-13, 15-26 at 18:10 (60 min)
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Character comedian, Fiona Sagar, fresh from The Groundlings Comedy Theatre, LA, returns to Edinburgh with Sagar Dreamcast. Her previous shows include; Entitled (Best Show Funny Women Nominee) and Sagar Mega Drive ("...brilliant – my face hurt so much... I loved the ad lib... Still makes me laugh... Set was totally unexpected and very memorable." Zara Janjua - STV)

"****A talented impressionist, completely morphs into an array of hilariously self-indulgent characters." Fringe Biscuit.
"Fiona Sagar had me laughing like a drain. A brilliant comic performer! Fiona catches the current zeitgeist of obsessional and entitled to a tee. " - Logan Murray (Stand up).
"Funny, dark and beautiful. Someone destroy her." - Viv Groskop (Journalist & Comedian)

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August 17, 2018  Bunbury Magazine
Just as the show is about to start, Fiona hears her granny making her way to the room. Being the dutiful granddaughter, she goes to help ‘Granny’ in. Upon her arrival, ‘Granny’ is a fiercely funny reflection of a generation that believes the youth are wasting their time chasing their dreams, and perfectly shows Fiona’s superb ability to step into a character and work with in-the-moment energy gained from audience interaction, weaving it seamlessly with incredibly polished material.

This is a show which sees a whole spectrum of characters brought to life on the stage by Sagar’s faultless performance – a nursery school supply-teacher which was perfectly observed with a dark edge; a ‘man’s man’ who running a ‘saucy dating space’; a 1920’s (ish) Deep-South wife and a talking animal. Through each of these, there is a strong, clear and hard-hitting message about the strength of women and the toxic masculinity which continues to undermine. It is a narrative that carries the comedy down dark and unexpected turns. Each character’s stereotypes are thrown into both the light and the dark.

Fiona is a performer with a wealth of talent and brings it to the stage with a great amount of energy and verve. Click Here

August 8, 2018  The Wee Review
Extremely likable character comedy from multi-talented performer.

Fiona Sagar returns to the Fringe with her third hour of fast-paced character comedy following Entitled and Sagar Mega Drive (she’s missed a trick not fitting in Sagar Master System in somewhere), the gaming pun-loving comic having been nominated for Funny Women Best Show nominations for her two previous efforts. Once she’s crammed her crowd into one of tiny rooms in the City Cafe like clothes into a bulging suitcase, she briefly nips out and totters back in as her foul-mouthed Scottish grandmother, come to tell us exactly what she thinks of Sagar’s career. This kicks off a good-natured, crowd-pleasing showcase for the comedian.

Sagar is a versatile performer, flitting as easily between accents and roles as costumes. As well as her irascible granny, there’s an aggressively winsome militant feminist substitute teacher, a leering men’s rights rapper, a put-upon Southern belle straight out of 1918 with a Stepford Wife grin, and a cheery Mexican chihuahua. She inhabits each character believably, and her range is really impressive.

The through-line for the show is evidently the experience of women (albeit with one of them being a dog). The characters are broad with the themes explored writ large, and with little need for the crowd to do too much sifting through subtext. They are set up quickly, with economy and clarity and performed with boundless vitality.

The strongest character is the substitute primary teacher, who berates her young charges for their fondness for Disney princesses who perpetuate the suppression of women. It’s not obvious why Sagar adopts an Australian accent, but the rising inflections of her delivery and the twittery sing-song cadence paints a lovely portrait of an increasingly mad-eyed zealot. The audience responds, adopting their roles as children with enthusiasm.

The gran is a recognisable trope, exploring the performer’s own self-doubt while giving us the easy delights of old people swearing. The rapper gives Sagar a chance to demonstrate some nimble word-play, and her skill with a potentially tricky bit of crowd work as she negs a bashful member of the audience. Things sadly come a little unstuck with the Southern lady as the comedy is put very much on hold, and a sense of tragedy takes over. It’s nicely performed, but blunt in its message and dampens the upbeat feel to some degree, the mood only partially recovered by the chihuahua and her chirpy neediness.

When gran returns to close out proceedings, this lifts the spirits again and we’re sent on our way with strains of ‘Danny Boy’ and a cheerful profanity, satisfied with a very good hour in the company of an excellent performer. Click Here

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