It’s bottoms up for The Scummy Mummies at Saffron Walden Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 10:07 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:07 03 March 2017

The Scummy Mummies are at Saffron Walden Town Hall

The Scummy Mummies are at Saffron Walden Town Hall


The Scummy Mummies know your parenting secrets.

They know that you forgot your daughter’s name when another mother asked, even though she is an only child. They have a reward chart for getting away with it parenting.

Getting through a whole term without your kids getting nits earns a gin a tonic. When no one notices you are so tired you couldn’t be bothered to put on matching shoes, that’s a short of tequila and getting your toddler to tell the health visitor you had carrot sticks and hummus for lunch when you had fish fingers and Angel Delight earns you a case of Scotch.

They are Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson and they they met when they were both doing stand-up in a shipping containter in Deptford. They discovered that their sons were born 11 days apart, delivered by the same midwife.

Having appeared at the Hay Festival and on the Brighton Fringe, they will be at Saffron Walden Town Hall on Friday, March 17 with their show.

They will also be celebrating the launch of their book, Scummy Mummies, described as a celebration of parenting failures. It’s your guide to the Calpol years.

Their podcast has hit number one on the iTunes Kids and Family chart and was included in The Guardian’s 50 best podcasts of 2016. Guests have included Sandi Toksvig, David Baddiel and Woman’s Hour’s Jane Garvey as well as midwives, childcare experts and stay-at-home dads. The show in Saffron Walden is sponsored by Blown Away Birthing. 7.30pm. Tickets, £15 from

There will also be a book signing on March 21 at Foyles, Chelmsford at 6.30pm. Tickets £5

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