Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, My Mother Said I Never Should is a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. The play details the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century. Using a kaleidoscopic time structure, Charlotte Keatley’s story focuses on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives.
Written in 1985 and first staged at the Contact Theatre, Manchester, Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play is the most commonly performed work by a female playwright worldwide.
Wow a truly powerful insight into the lives and relationships of five generations of the same family. The earliest generation isn't seen just talked about. And when the fourth generation was a baby in a basket her new born crying was so realistically voiced by an actress on stage.
Four brilliant actresses moving in and out of various points in their lives by a quick costume change starting with them as children playing dark games. The set is like wasteland of old broken toys and furniture like a bomb damaged area, these are broken damaged children.
Circumstance of birth, aspirations of class, perceived demands of society and trying to keep secrets all shaped the women and their relationships with each other.
Fantastic start to our theatre season.