Any show that has two exclamation marks in its title is bound to shout out to all audiences 'hey come along - it's going to be fun!'

In the Royal Court's returning favourite - the poster screams: 'get your glad rags on for Liverpool's disco spectacular!'

Mam! I'm 'Ere! is a Royal Court production from home-grown Life in Theatre company. It has all the RC's trademarks: versatile cast, funny scripts, and fabulous songs.

Writer, director and producer Stephen Fletcher's has created a tribute with a twist to the Abba musical Mama Mia! - but there's absolutely no songs from the Swedish supergroup in this work devised ten years ago.

Now, this popular pot pouri of silliness, sunshine and songs is back for a much-anticipated run.

Wirral Globe: Image: Jason Roberts PhotographyImage: Jason Roberts Photography

Here Wales replaces Greece and a crumbling caravan park where the Boogie Wonderland disco is about to close. Alas, before the glitter ball and neon lights fade out there is a wedding between two yellow coat reps.

Sally (a shining Hayley Sheen) was left on her Dad’s doorstep one cold and windy Liverpool night. Then 25 years later she met the love of her life on a campsite.

There is just one person missing from her wedding plans – her Mam. Sally narrows her search down to three very different women from his past. Believing they’ve won a glamorous mini-break away, the trio of unsuspecting Mums find themselves dancing back in time.

Dave the dad (an on-form Andrew Schofield . . . actually he's never off form) has had bad dreams - nostalgia trips and flashbacks which cleverly create plenty of visual laughs and some inspired ad-libbing.

Wirral Globe: Image: Jason Roberts PhotographyImage: Jason Roberts Photography

His daughter is marrying Charley (an under-used Michael Fletcher) His sensitive character needs more to do within the storyline. Michael always delivers great comic timing.

The plot-thickens questions here is  .  .  . who really is the mother?

Is it mad-as-a-hatter psychic Mandy (Lynn Francis); the brassy but likable salon owner Julie (Lindzi Germain) or the lovely Londoner Brenda played superbly by accomplished stage and screen all-rounder Kacey Ainsworth.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments from fellow yellow coaters Alan Stocks as Teddy and Liam Tobin as Alfie.

Musical director Howard Gray guides his three-piece band through some 70 dance floor classics from Have You Seen Her to September, Young Hearts Run Free and Wishing on A Star. This is the soundtrack to so many lives - mine included.

Full marks to a new vibrant, exciting fab four dressed in silver sparkle: The wonderful choreography is by Mia Molloy who is also one of the two Singing Divas  - the other vocalist is Mollie Cranmer. The Dancing Divas are Shanon McFaddon and Natasha Gooden. Take a bow one and all - faultless!

Let your hair down and book into the Boogie Wonderland.

Globe verdict

4 Stars


Until July 16