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Mam! I’m ‘Ere!

“A crowd-pleasing disco-musical”

Stephen Fletcher originally wrote Mam! I’m ‘Ere! to create work for fellow actors over a quiet festive season, staging it on a shoestring and in an unheated hall.

Six years and two runs later, including a previous Royal Court production, here they go again – with a bigger budget, but with the same sense of joint endeavour evident among the current cast.

Fletcher’s sibling Michael, for example, stars as bridegroom Si but also acts as assistant stage manager, and even painted the set.

Given its title, it’s no surprise to find the ‘disco musical’ is (fast and) loosely inspired by a certain Abba-themed phenomenon.

Motherless Sally (Hayley Sheen) is getting married and wants nothing more than her “Mam” to be there. But which of the three women in dad Dave’s former life is the likely candidate? Why not invite them all to the family’s failing disco campsite on a soggy Welsh island and find out?

Like it’s almost-namesake, Mam! I’m ‘Ere! proves unabashedly big, bright, energetic, colourful, fun and good-naturedly cheesy, all underscored by some cracking tunes (none of them Abba) sung with brilliant harmony part work by Sheen and two Disco Divas.

The Royal Court regulars know how to extract big laughs from a scene, and while occasionally the verbal gags fall flat, the ensemble is superb at physical comedy, led by Schofield as the bemused and belligerent Dave.

The action unfolds on Mark Walters’ wedding cake-like stepped set, flanked by decrepit caravans and topped by a live band which pumps out irresistible dance floor classics.

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Production Details
Production nameMam! I’m ‘Ere!
VenueRoyal Court
StartsJuly 13, 2018
EndsAugust 11, 2018
Running time2hrs 20mins
AuthorStephen Fletcher
DirectorStephen Fletcher
Set designerMark Walters
Lighting designerIan Scott
Sound designerKate Harvey
CastDrew Schofield, Eithne Browne, Hayley Sheen, Jake Abraham, Lindzi Germain
Production managerDavid Gordon
Stage managerKaty Long
ProducerRoyal Court Liverpool
VerdictA crowd-pleasing comic musical featuring brilliant physical comedy and a disco beat
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