Thurs 25th February - Sat 27th February & Tues 2nd March - Sat 6th March 1993
Directed by Jacquie Penrose
Of course Doris didn't want children but you know how it is... and her daughter was going to get a proper job... and, of course, her daughter was going to do it all differently... and then there was Rosie, who flies kites and can beat the solitaire game, so things really will be different now, won't they...?
Charlotte Keatley's play is a wry look at the ever-turning mother-child relationship providing in the process a marvellous challenge for four actresses.
'My Mother Said I Never Should' was written in 1985 and first produced in 1987 when it won both the Royal Court/George Devine Award and the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best New Play. Following its publication in 1988, it has been studied as an A-level set text for a number of years and has subsequently been translated into 22 languages. It holds the distinction of being the most performed play in the English language written by a woman.
The action takes place in Manchester, Oldham and London, moving in time between the 1920s and the 1980s. It is about the difficult relationships between mothers and daughters. A story which explores the lives and relationships of four generations of women: Doris, Margaret, Jackie and Rosie. Their loves, expectations and choices, are against the huge social changes of the twentieth century. When Jackie falls pregnant with Rosie she is unable to cope and hands over the baby to her mother, Margaret. This play looks at the consequences of this secret and each women's opinion on it.
The play addresses the issues of teenage pregnancy, career prioritisation and single motherhood. It is also about how the different generations break free from their parent's traditions and culture. Margaret is caught in the middle in between her unmarried mother and her daughter, Jackie who had a daughter (Rosie) despite being unmarried.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.
|Stage Manager||Aislinn D'Souza|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Tim Taylor|
|Lighting Design||Jacquie Penrose|
|Lighting Operation||Andrew Rees|
|Set Design||Jacquie Penrose |
|Poster Design||Pete Woodward|
|Front of House||Sally Hartley|
We have all been children.
This ordinary and important fact is at the heart of Charlotte Keatley's play. It is what gives it its universal appeal. And the play's dislocated structure reminds us that the adult carries the baggage of the child. They are the same person.
For the performers, the challenge has been the need to jump backwards and forwards in the time it takes to change a costume or changing from adult conflict to childhood game in a matter of seconds.
The story progresses, not in chronological sequence, but through a succession of contrasts: adult with child, mother with daughter, daughter with mother. It suggests that the generations go round in circles, but that there is always the possibility - if you take the optimistic view - of change.