- Claire Sawers
- 9 August 2019
Daft skits from pairing with chemistry to burn
Mother is a slick London sketch duo made up of Laura Curnick and Jack Mosedale, friends that met at an improv class, as one skit handily explains. Dressed in a Bjӧrk t-shirt (her) and Celine Dion top (him), they present a conveyor belt of characters, starting with two annoying female daytime telly presenters who blame women for … most things apparently, while flashing terrifying grins. Later a male feminist reads his poetry at an open-mic night, revealing unsavoury views on women much to the host's horror, and there's a song about getting overexcited about wearing lanyards.
It's fun, daft stuff with camp shout-outs to Cher and Donna Summer alongside lots of corpsing and chemistry between the pair. When they're not 'Mothering' it up together, Mosedale does a 'gay time travel' podcast called The Hole Seekers and Curnick is an actor – good training for their scene about a performer interfering in a Chekhov translation.
Although some scenes don't quite take off, the one about surreal London train station names offers a flashback to Alan Partridge's horse-racing commentary, and the finale is fabulous: Mosedale is too shy to belt out those butch, Cheapside market trader cries, but gives it his simpering best shot.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 14), 10.15pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).