Arabella Weir, star of Scottish sitcom ‘Two Doors Down’, debuted her one-woman show ‘Does My Mum Loom Big in This?’ at Assembly George Square, Studio 2. The show follows her strained relationship with her late mother, and how it affected the rest of her life, career, eating habits, and parenting skills.
The show was too scripted for my taste. Certain jokes felt overused or tired, and very much had a buildup to them – the only thing missing being the famous ‘badum-tss’ to accompany them. The script itself felt scattered; I think this can be easy to fall into when an hour-long show revolves around one topic. Weir, however, is very charismatic. She clearly suffered quite a bit of emotional trauma at the hands of her mother, and while the content of her show is strong, her delivery could use a bit of work.
Additionally, this show was probably intended for an audience older than me – a lot of the content focused on parenting and family issues, and a short bit about raising teenagers got a large laugh from the audience, clearly flush with parents. The second half felt stronger than the first, as she settled into the atmosphere. The content is undeniably funny – there are some choice moments that are absolutely hilarious – but as well as that, it is interesting. Weir discusses the way her grandparents treated her mother, and in turn, how her mother treated her, and how Weir now treats her own children. The switches that Weir makes between playing herself and playing her mother are seamless.
As a whole, it was a very well-rounded performances. Weir assures us that she has taken the steps to deal with how she was treated by her mother, and that towards to end of her mother’s life, they found some common ground. It’s comforting, and a very well-composed ending to a show that tends to waver in quality from time to time. However, it was thoroughly enjoyable and quite touching, and explored a topic I have not yet seen at the Fringe.
Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big in This? runs until the 25th of August – buy tickets here.