THEATRE REVIEW: My Mum’s A Twat starring Patsy Ferran

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

WHEN: 17/1, runs to 20/1/18

PR turned playwright Anoushka Warden was working in the Royal Court press office when her 75-minute monologue came to the venue’s attention.

  • Read on for reasons including why we look forward to Warden’s next piece so much

It’s a candid account of growing up with a loving mother who loses her way, falls in with a violent boyfriend (nicknamed ‘moron’ here) and joins a cult which parts her from her money.

It’s an arresting take on the more traditional coming of age tale where our heroine discovers a wealth of great music, drugs and pops her cherry with a memorable size-related quip.

We arrive at the intimate Jerwood Theatre Upstairs and are beckoned in by actress Patsy Ferran (other reviews on this site include Speech and Debate and As You Like It, and we also saw her in Treasure Island at the National) who encourages us to sit on the beanbags on the fringes of the bedroom set.

It’s quite a feat of memory to sustain a monologue for so long and yet Ferran appears to do so effortlessly in a blur of sweary language, outrageous anecdotes, street dance moves, and keyboard noodling accompanied by the occasional flipped finger.

It’s a wonder someone growing up in the midst of such chaos is able to mature and reflect so poignantly on what they have been subjected to.

The writing is so vivid and direct that it feels both like therapy and something Warden felt compelled to write not least because no-one else was willing or able to tell her story.

It’s all the more urgent and in-the-moment for that and we look forward to Warden’s next piece greatly.

  • Picture by Helen Murray via Facebook courtesy Royal Court Theatre. Tickets
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