"Brilliantly observed, moving, emotive theatre"
by Andrew Taylor for remotegoat on 28/08/11

'Where's your Mamma Gone?' is a moving and at some points harrowing account of the lives of twins Stephen (Oliver Ashworth) and Carol Connor (Marie Fortune) whose mother is murdered by serial killer Paul Sutton (Miles Barden) whilst they are still children.

Stephen and Carol are presented as adults, recalling their past in the care system and the challenges of growing up without parents. The action flows seamlessly between their current lives and their recollections of the challenges, traumas and losses of the past.

The strength of the show comes from the on-stage bond between Stephen and Carol. Their ongoing relationship is characterised by love, support and absolute frustration with each other. Their interaction and their reactions to the situations that are thrust upon them are both well observed and moving.

Brian Daniels' script manages to be dramatic and engaging without sensationalising the subject matter of either people who have had their lives blighted by murder or children who have gone through the care system.

One of the most touching moments in the play comes courtesy of an imagined conversation between Stephen and his dead mother Kath, in which they explore the difficulties which were both felt by Kath during her lifetime and those faced by Stephen once she had gone. This technique could have ended up being hackneyed and trite but it is brilliantly executed and adds emotional resonance, giving the audience greater insight into Stephen's situation.

'Where's your Mamma Gone?' is an engaging, thought provoking and brilliantly observed piece of theatre. The subject matter is presented in a thoughtful, sensitive and thoroughly moving manner, highly recommended.

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