Review: My Mum's a Twat at
3★★★

From start to finish, Anoushka Warden’s tale of how her mother was brainwashed by a cult and how this turned her own life upside down feels authentic despite its absurdity. As she opens the show, standing on the practically bare stage alone and talking directly to the audience, the rawness of her story is palpable and immediately captivating.

However, this rawness does not negate the humour that Warden has found within her story. Finding that laughter is indeed the best medicine, she jokes and pokes fun at even the most serious and unsettling parts of her past, causing moments of hilarity which made what could have very easily been a purely dark tale into one with brighter shades painted over the top.

Unfortunately, Warden’s nerves seemed to somewhat overcome her at times throughout the show, leading to some fumbled lines and jokes occasionally not sticking their landing due to her overly rehearsed and thus slightly stiff delivery. Nonetheless and in spite of these setbacks, she did manage to recover well, always sourcing the bright and rebellious energy at the core of her performance.

While the set and production of the show felt underutilised and rather lacking due to their basicness, the use of music (particularly that of gangsta-rap) was well utilised to not only enhance jokes but invite the audience into her unusual life.

Overall, My Mum’s a Twat is a unique and undeniably interesting show performed by a great storyteller, but it is a show that has the potential to be so much greater had more thought and time gone into its production.

My Mums a Twat runs at Summerhall – Red Lecture Theatre, 5.30 pm Aug 6-11, 13-18, 20-25


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