The festive season can often be a struggle for theatre goers who don’t really enjoy attending the slew of panto’s that open their doors once December hits. Thankfully, Mam I’m ‘Ere is just the thing to inject some spark into the bitter nights ahead.
Since being left in a milk crate on her Dad Dave’s (Andrew Schofield) doorstep, Sally (Rachel Rae) has never known who her Mum is. With her wedding to fiancée Si (Stephen Fletcher) looming on the horizon, Sally embarks on a scheme to bring her family together for her special day. With the help of Dave’s best friends (Alan Stocks and Paul Duckworth) and a little black book, it isn’t long before she has three potential Mums (Eithne Browne, Helen Carter and Keddy Sutton) lured to a Welsh campsite under false pretences. Once there, all manner of hilarious antics take place. If you’re looking for a great night out, look no further!
The cast is sublime. Andrew Schofield steps confidently into the role of Sally’s long suffering Dad, proving once again that he is a master at comedic timing and small glances. His performance adds a real richness to the show, which is further enhanced by the hilarious Stocks and Sutton. As always it’s a pleasure to see Rae and Fletcher on stage together. Their chemistry is a joy to watch, and Rae’s voice proves to be a winner with those in attendance. A special mention has to go to the band, which brings the whole show together flawlessly.
Following on from Life in the Theatre’s previous critically acclaimed outings, the young company ends the year on a high with another sure fire hit. Turning the iconic West End musical Mamma Mia on its head, Mam I’m ‘Ere is the perfect mix of disco classics, dance moves, and hilarious one liners that have the audience roaring with laughter.
Liverpool’s Stephen Fletcher has stepped into the role of writer and director with apparent ease, no small feat for an actor who has had such a busy and successful year. This production feels as though it’s the icing on the cake to a great year. With a wealth of talent between them, the seasoned cast put on a show that is sure to leave a smile on your face. The jokes can seem a little silly at times, and the venue is an odd choice, but that doesn’t stop the show from delivering exactly what we want at this time of year; plenty of laughs and a feel good story.