Steve Bugeja: Single Mum
- Lauren McKay
- 22 August 2019
Fine show about being a mummy's boy that features a little padding
This is Steve Bugeja's fifth year at the Fringe, and this time around he's decided to tell a true story. For 2018, you see, he made up a tale about his girlfriend dumping him, and karma struck back. So, for this year's show, he's only telling the truth, and that comes in the shape of an hour-long set about how much he loves his mum, and her search for a new romantic interest after divorcing Steve's dad.
Bugeja is an affable character, and a very proud mummy's boy. He's a strong storyteller, which is a relief as Single Mum leans much more towards one-man naval-gazing theatre than laugh-out-loud stand-up. He recounts the new boyfriends his mum brings home – the stepdad auditions, in his mind – from Jim Bannerman, the brash American, to Neil with his day-of-the-week socks. There's some genuinely funny material here, whilst other stories seem a little like filler, purely designed to pad out the hour.
Overall, it's a sweet story with a big-hearted message about the lengths single parents go to for their kids. It's very relatable if you're a child of divorced parents, and you'll leave after the show wanting to come back again with your mum.
Just the Tonic at The Caves, until 25 Aug, 7.30pm, £6–£8 in advance or donations at the venue.