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I Am Not Malala (Sadia Azmat)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

As you might infer from the title, Sadia Azmat is an unassuming comedian, strolling up to the mic without even announcing herself first. As she covers the tricky business of establishing an identity when you’re British-Indian, the highlights come when she’s talking about how people expect her to relate to education activist Malala Yousafzai, and how her white friends are disappointed that she doesn’t play the sitar. Billed as an everyday account of being an Asian woman, it’s a shame that her observations don’t always rise above the obvious. Azmat raises titters rather than belly laughs, and the show seems to peter out instead of building to a climax at the end. Thankfully, her low-key style and self-deprecating wit show great potential, and still make Azmat good company for a morning.

SpaceCabaret @ 54, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Laura Gavin]