My Mother Said I Never Should

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.


“In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions over the years, the play is without rivals.  It is a classic” THE TIMES


By Charlotte Keatley

Directed by Michael Cabot

Designed by Bek Palmer

Lighting by Andy Grange

Suitable for ages 13 plus

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