★★★★ | Mum’s The Word – “an exquisitely packaged one-act show that beautifully showcases the trials and tribulations of motherhood.”
Where: Live At Crazy Coqs London – Brasserie Zédel
Review date: Monday 15th July 2019
About the Show:
Mum’s The Word is a journey into motherhood that covers everything from the initial excitement to the struggles of postnatal depression and onwards into love, gratitude and embracing this changed new life.
Using songs from musicals, popular culture and everything in-between, Mum’s The Word is a heartfelt story into the sacrifices and joys of parenthood.
Encore rating factor
Mum’s The Word stars three West End leading ladies; Lorna Want, Vivien Carter and Joanna Woodward. The show itself is created by these three powerhouse females and it exposes the strength each mother has, even when they feel like giving up.
Playing at Crazy Coqs, London for only two performances, the show is exquisitely packaged into one act. The stars of Mum’s The Word are joined on stage by Vivien’s husband; musical director Paul Herbert.
The three ladies opened the show with ‘Beautiful’ from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, a show that brought them all together. From the first chorus of this song, when the beautifully blended harmonies appeared, it was clear that we were in for a night of stunning vocals. I can confirm these ladies vocals did not disappoint.
The show was a joyful and diverse mix of songs from James Taylor, The Waifs, Britney Spears, David Guetta, The Carpenters, Carole King, Björk and Sara Bareilles, with each containing a tweak to the lyrics to fit the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Every number was perfectly placed in the evening and showcased each of the ladies vocal ability wonderfully.
The show is presented in a simplistic narrative; peppered between each song was a glimpse into each lady’s unique and personal journey with motherhood. From the military manoeuvre that is leaving the house, to the joys of mother and baby groups and trying to get back to work, each story was truthful and honest and connected effortlessly with every audience member.
The show also featured an original song entitled 2.0, written and performed by Joanna Woodward. A gorgeous acoustic and empowering song that I would love to hear again! I also enjoyed the 1940’s esque swing time mashup of three nursery rhymes; ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’, ‘Five Little Ducks’ and ‘If You’re Happy And You Know It’
Mum’s The Word teaches its audience members; to trust their guts, to remember that when a new baby is born a mother is also born and that it truly takes a village to raise a child. This is a wonderful celebration of three magical mothers and I thank Lorna Want, Vivien Carter & Joanna Woodward for sharing their truthful stories.