Review: Mother’s Ruin Cabaret

*****

Mother’s Ruin Cabaret

Rose Theatre

Until 27th August (6:15pm, 7:30pm)

Mothers Ruin Cabaret is a feminist history of gin – and it is exactly as great as that sounds. Libby Wood and Maeve Marsden, accompanied by Tom Dickins on piano, sing their way through a host of gin related hits, tied together with facts about gin and it’s speckled history in relation to women. The pair are excellent performers, energetic and a delight to watch. Their voices blend beautifully from the crowd-pleasing Oom Pah Pah right through to the beautiful and moving acappella version of the Pretenders – Hymn to her. There is slapstick, there is music, there are clever puns and so much gin – we’re even given a free drink of Four Pillars on the way in. The hour went so quickly – in a cabaret bar I could have happily whiled away a whole evening listening to their tales.

The highlights for me were a hilariously rewritten version of Fever, about malarial fever and the finale which I’ve been humming ever since, a rousing singalong of ‘I’ve drunk every gin’. The chemistry between the performers, the tightly written script and of course the gin make this an unmissable evening.

Mother’s Ruin: A cabaret about gin, is at the Rose Theatre until 27th August, and then goes on tour. For more information and to book the last few tickets, click here.

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