Written by Charlotte Keatley
Directed by Laura Dowdall
A Viking Theatre production of Charlotte Keatley’s landmark play about mothers, daughters, and the expectations of different generations
“My Mother Said I Never Should ” explores the expectations of women through four generations and the choices available to them. Although essentially a play exploring family life through four generations, the massive new “domestic” conflicts reflect the society in which each generation has grown up. The powerful and dramatic bond of love and jealousy is at the centre of the play and we see what happens if you break the sacred taboo of motherhood, and one woman gives away her child.
“My Mother Said I Never Should” was Charlotte Keatley’s first play. It has been translated into 22 languages and is the most performed play in the English language written by a woman.
“In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions over the years, the play is without rivals. It is a classic”. The Times.