I attended the Scottish premiere of ‘For the Love of Mrs Brown’ at the Edinburgh Playhouse this evening.
This is the fourth installment (of the trilogy!) covering the antics of Mrs Brown’s life, starring Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll. This production is not for those who are easily offended as strong and vulgar language is used throughout.
In previous productions, we have followed Agnes Brown’s unconventional family through many traumas. This time, one of her daughters wants cosmetic surgery to impress her boyfriend in the hope that he will propose. This storyline is intertwined with Agnes setting up an internet date with a man she knows as ‘Hairy Harry’ as the fierce Dublin Mammy doesn’t wish to be alone on Valentine’s day.
Despite some of her family’s protests over what the outcome may be, Agnes is determined to see her date through. The production follows Agnes as she prepares for her night out, which includes learning what 21st century men expect from a first date, which vastly differs from her past experience years ago.
So with the help of Winnie, Maria, Cathy and Betty, Agnes gets ready for her big night. This includes starting a radical diet and lessons about modern sex positions.
The whole production is outstandingly funny, and several co-stars were reduced to fits of laughter by Brendan’s ad libs. The laughter stakes are raised to hysterical level when Mrs Brown takes something she shouldn’t, with hilarious consequences that left my sides sore with laughter. I really don’t want to spoil any of the punchlines, but would grab a ticket whilst you can. The final scene is worth the ticket price alone.
Highly recommended from Edinburgh Spotlight. The show runs until Saturday (evenings only). You can buy your tickets here
If you can’t get along to a production of the show, enjoy Mrs Browns youtube channel