“I don’t know if you’ll ever love me as much as I love you, but one day you’ll understand why I’ve done this to you”
Doris, born illegitimate in 1900, exchanges her budding teaching career for marriage and motherhood. When the war is over her daughter Margaret marries an American and has Jackie, who becomes an 60s rebel. When Jackie finds herself a single mother, it is decided that baby Rosie will be brought up as Margaret’s own. That’s the plan anyway.
Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play, written in 1985, is a moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters and the consequences of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood. A play about the choices we make which determine the course of our lives and how it is never too late to change.
“This is a landmark play. The theatrical equivalent of breaking the four minute mile.”
– Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
National treasure Maureen Lipman (Oklahoma, Outside Edge, See How They Run) and Olivier Award-winning Katie Brayben (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, King Charles III, American Psycho) lead the cast, joined by Caroline Faber (The Taming of the Shrew, The Heiress, Hangover Square) and Serena Manteghi (The Railway Children).
This major new production is directed by Paul Robinson and presented by Tiny Fires Ltd. In addition to co-founding Tiny Fires, with producer Tara Finney, Paul is artistic director of London’s Theatre503 and will soon be taking over as artistic director of the renowned Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Tara produced Land of Our Fathers, also directed by Paul, which transferred from Theatre503 to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios in 2014 and has just completed its national tour with a sell-out run at London’s Found111. My Mother Said I Never Should is Tiny Fires’ debut production.
Following the performance on Tuesday 3 May 2016, I’ll chair a panel discussion on the growth in and challenges still facing female playwrights since Charlotte Keatley premiered My Mother Said I Never Should more than 30 years ago. The event is free to all ticket-holders.
Guest panelists taking part include: playwrights Tanika Gupta (Sugar Mummies, Fragile Land, The Waiting Room, Wah Wah Girls), Anna Jordan (Yen, Freak), Royal Court literary manager Christopher Campbell and journalist, author and broadcaster Mark Lawson.