My Mother Said I Never Should

by  Charlotte Keatley

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4f

"A warm, poignant elegy about growing up, growing old and growing or not growing wise. It's about debts and responsibilities; the grim burden of puritan inheritance; and how it takes generations to learn about the value of real feeling." - London Sunday Times

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My Mother Said I Never Should

by  Charlotte Keatley

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This award winning play is about four generations of women growing up in England during this century.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"A warm, poignant elegy about growing up, growing old and growing or not growing wise. It's about debts and responsibilities; the grim burden of puritan inheritance; and how it takes generations to learn about the value of real feeling." - London Sunday Times

"Both demanding and rewarding in its complexity." - London Independent

"Humorously and compassionately, the play explores the emotional inheritance each woman receives from the other ... unpeeling the characters to their bones, on occasions with such intensity that I cried." - London Guardian

"Totally engrossing, warm, funny, [and] human.... Ms. Keatley refuses to preach about a woman's nature and her place in the world." - Manchester England News

"Like Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, this is a play which will influence the next generation of writers." - City Limits

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Manchester, Oldham, and London.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

4f
DORIS PARTINGTON
MARGARET BRADLEY
JACKIE METCALFE
ROSIE METCALFE
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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Authors

Charlotte Keatley

Charlotte Keatley

My Mother Said I Never Should premiered at the Contact Theatre in Manchester in February 1987 under the direction of Brigid Larmour.

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