Anoushka Warden’s debut play is a celebration of rebellion and resilience and is directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Jude Christian. Here Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews….

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“Have you ever tried to sustain a relationship with a twat? It’s hard work and you need to be completely not a twat yourself if you want any success in this. Which is really hard when you’ve just started being a teenager.”

One girl’s funny, frank account of losing her Mum to a cult.

(As if growing up wasn’t hard enough already…)

“I remember thinking if you were ‘the chosen’ one, why does that mean your dress sense has to be so shit?”

The Guardian: *** “Warden writes excellently about the insidious nature of spiritual cults and the way their adherents twist reality to back up their “batshit crazy beliefs”. ”

The Independent: **** ” This is a fascinating 80 minutes and an invigorating debut.”

The Stage: *** “The monologue format feels constraining at times and, perhaps inevitably, the character of the mother remains remote – a shapeless, peripheral figure in the story. This is both completely understandable, given the nature of the story being told, but also dramatically unsatisfying.”

WhatsOnStage: *** “Directed with simplicity and flair by Vicky Featherstone and Jude Christian, and beautifully designed as a bright teenage bedroom by Chloe Lamford, it doesn’t always quite fly as a piece of drama. But it never fails to engross and entertain – a promising start to a writing life.”

The Times: ** “This is an exposed place in which to debut a play, especially one that is so obviously therapy as theatre.”

The Arts Desk: “Warden makes one eager to see where her buoyant gift for self-analysis will take her, and us, next.”

Culture Whisper: **** “There’s striking honesty and depth to this portrait of a mother-daughter relationship, and the devastating effects of abandonment are balanced by the buoyant force of adolescent curiosity. ”

The Telegraph: *** “Warden’s monologue is beautifully marinated in Eighties pop-culture references but it also feels undercooked.”

The Upcoming: *** “As a production My Mum’s a Twat is far from perfect, with a story that is perhaps more interesting than the telling; too often it just stacks up amusing teen anecdotes one after another, avoiding the real meat of the mother/daughter relationship.”

Broadway World: **** ” This play isn’t going to change the world, but what it will guarantee is an enjoyable night at the theatre – where you’ll be treated to a quick-witted narrative, brought to life by an incredible talent.”

London Theatre.co.uk: **** “It’s an eccentric, sad story of parental neglect – but told with a light rather than self-pitying touch that gets under your skin all the more as a result.”

Evening Standard: *** “Delivered with a nice air of mischief by Patsy Ferran”

My Mum’s a Twat continues to play at the Royal Court Theatre until the 20th January. For more information visit: https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/my-mums/

 

 

 

 

 

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