Comedy review: Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This? Assembly George Square Studios – Two, Edinburgh

Arabella Weir was the young woman in The Fast Show who, no matter what the situation, always asked: “Does my bum look big in this?”

Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This? Assembly George Square Studios Two (Venue 17)

Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This? Assembly George Square Studios – Two * * *

In her first-ever one woman show, the comic actress and writer reveals she had her mother to thank for her famous catchphrase.

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Practically from the moment she was born, her mum told her she was too fat, leaving her with issues of self- esteem which have never left her. Weir’s mum was a posh, high-achieving, well-educated Scot – who was appalled to think she could have a fat child.

As a result, Weir spent her entire childhood believing she was to blame for everything – becoming crippled with a sense of self -doubt she has never managed to shake off.

This is an honest and interesting account of how it feels to be rejected by an unfeeling parent – and how the sense of being unworthy never leaves you – no matter how successful you become.

Weir is a warm and engaging storyteller, whose tale prompts smiles and nods of recognition from her audience.

It’s an entertaining hour, which also celebrates her mother, who was eccentric and very funny – although probably not fit to look after a child.

CLAIRE SMITH

Until 25 August