My Mum's A Twat (3 stars)

My Mum's A Twat

credit: Helen Murray

A personal rant about the damage done by bad and absent parenting

Anoushka Warden is angry. She stalks the stage in a blue sports shirt and denim shorts, haranguing the audience about the subject of her ire; no spoilers required here, the title gives it all away; she's angry at her mum. Why did her mother join a cult, move to Canada, and take up with a guy that Warden describes only as 'moron'? Why?

The answers are not forthcoming; My Mum's A Twat isn't that kind of play, it's a one-woman monologue and the scope is deliberately restricted. Warden's questions are rhetorical, and there's no hint of why her mother treated her in this way. There's just Warden's voice, and it's an engaging one. She's got plenty to complain about; her mother gives away her family's money, is engaged in a search for spiritual enlightenment that her family can't understand, and her Christmas presents are not what Warden covets from the Argos catalogue.

Warden's reaction is rebellion; urinating in a store-cupboard, taking cocaine, hanging out with the wrong type of boy. All these acts are described with zest and candour; Warden may have questions about her mother, but her own behaviour is beyond reproach, even when it sounds as if she was something of a handful.

Some shows go too far in joining the dots; My Mum's A Twat doesn't go far enough. There's a child wronged and a complaint; what's missing is any kind of scope for understanding. Sensitive people are usually most sensitive to their own feelings and emotions, and while Warden gives, with a couple of memory lapses, a polished performance, there's a missing dimension here that makes her play a rather mean-spirited if amusing rant.

Summerhall, until 25 Aug (not 19), 5.30pm, £12, (£10).

My Mum's a Twat

  • 3 stars

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