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My Mum’s a Twat review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘colorful and unexpected teen adventures’

Anoushka Warden in My Mum’s a Twat at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Photo: Helen Murray Anoushka Warden in My Mum’s a Twat at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Photo: Helen Murray

Parental neglect is no laughing matter, but when a parent is brainwashed into a cult it’s not your typical desertion story. That is the background to playwright Anoushka Warden’s playful teen memoir play, My Mum’s A Twat.

Warden performs her own monologue (previously staged at the Royal Court with Patsy Ferran) based on her own experience of her mother joining a healing cult, moving to Canada with her “moron” boyfriend to spread the group’s message and leaving Warden behind.

Warden’s writing captures a sulky, self-possessed, troublemaking tween-to-teen voice with occasional laughs but for the personal subject surprisingly she avoids going too deep.

While she focuses on her coming-of-age firsts (sex, cocaine and gangster rap) the unraveling of her relationship with her mother gets sidelined. When she comes back to it, the painful reality of what choices her mother made under the spell of this organisation is addressed. But perhaps not with the impact one would expect.

This may be because of Warden’s limited performance. She mentions she’s not an actor, but she delivers the material with distanced recitation — like she’s enthusiastically reading a storybook but not embodying the “character” What she’s feeling behind the words is rarely expressed.

My Mum’s a Twat review at Royal Court, London – ‘wayward, raw and very funny’

 

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Verdict
Colorful and unexpected teen adventures but lacks an emotional wallop
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