My Mother Said I Never Should

My Mother Said I Never Should is a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. Using a kaleidoscopic time structure, Charlotte Keatley examines the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century. The play focuses on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives.

In 1940, Doris, a former teacher, encourages her nine-year-old daughter, Margaret, to mind her manners and practice the piano. In 1969, Margaret’s relationship with her own daughter is strained, as art student Jackie experiments with her new found sexual freedom. When Jackie becomes pregnant at 18 and has baby Rosie, a decision is made that will affect all their lives irrevocably.

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. My Mother Said I Never Should has been translated into 22 languages and has earned Keatley the George Devine Award, as well as the Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play. In 1990, Keatley was also nominated for an Olivier Award as Most Promising Newcomer.

‘In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions over the years, the play is without rivals. It is a classic.’ The Times


Tour Dates


6-7 February
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9 February
01686 614555

12-16 February
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19-20 February
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21 February
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26 Feb - 2 March
0844 871 7651

5-9 March
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12-13 March
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14-16 March
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19-20 March
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26 March
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28-30 March
01792 475715

2-6 April
0161 624 2829

16-20 April
01483 440000

22-25 May
01225 448844

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