“ Genre: Comedy „
When I first saw this play I had remembered seeing the posters advertising this in town and vaguely thinking "hhmm that looks ok", then promptly forgetting about it. A few weeks later I got a phone call from my husband (laughingly) asking if I wanted to go to the theatre the next night, his brother had spare tickets.
Well the joke was on him - I would love to go.
So, off we go to the theatre the next night to watch a play about the joys and, more to the point, the tribulations of motherhood. I was expecting it to be amusing, but it was BRILLIANT. Very, very funny and moving. I lost count of the number of times nearly everyone in the audience let out a knowing laugh.
Such lines as "Everyday I start out as Mary Poppins and end up as Cruella De Vil", will surely resonate with frustrated and stressed mothers everywhere.
There is one scene that is particularly memorable. I wont spoil it for you, just listen for "BERNARD!".
There were times when I was literally in tears, both through laughter and sadness.
Every woman, and probably man should see this play. Speaking of men, there were only about 5 men in the whole place when we went, definitely seems to appeal more to women, but personally ladies - make your men see it, let them try and understand how hard mothers work!
The cast changes slightly during the tour, when I first saw it it starred two of the Nolan sisters - Bernie and Maureen, Sarah White, (she played Bev in Brookside) was also amazing, Pauline Fleming (was in Coronation Street) and another woman, whose name I have sadly forgotten. This time round we still have Maureen Nolan and Sarah White, along with others including Rebecca Wheatley, who used to be in Casualty.
Tickets are around £18, money well spent. This play has won awards, played sell out tours in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Broadway, playing at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.
I would go back and see this play again tomorrow ( in fact I am going to see it again, with my mum this time). First thing I did when we left the theatre was phone my mother and best friend telling them they HAD to go and see it.
Tell your mothers, friends, sisters yes and your menfolk.
(A version of this review is posted elsewhere).