Love, jealousy and freedom

LONDON Classic Theatre brings My Mother Said I Never Should to Taunton Brewhouse on 23rd and 24th Octo­ber.

Charlotte Keatley’s play, which is directed by Michael Cabot, follows the relationships of mothers and daughters over the years.

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. It follows the women through the immense  social changes of the 20th century, using a kaleidoscopic time structure, and focusing on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives.

In 1940, former teacher Doris   encourages 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 in Manchester, Keatley’s play is the most frequently performed work by a female playwright worldwide.

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