A MODERN classic, which follows four women across the tumultuous 20th century and their desires to love and be loved, My Mother Said I Never Should is coming to Llanymynech in July.
The LADS’ summer production of Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play – translated into 22 languages and performed all over the world – will be Anna Lingard’s directorial debut.
Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, My Mother Said I Never Should is a poignant, bittersweet story about four women, and about love, jealousy and the price of freedom.
Doris (1900), Margaret (1931), Jackie (1952) and Rosie (1971): four women from the same family; born in four very different times in history; four very different lives, but the same goals…. using a kaleidoscopic time structure, My Mother Said I Never Should focuses on the four generations as they confront the most significant moments of their lives.
It’s wartime, and former teacher Doris encourages her nine-year-old daughter, Margaret, to mind her manners and practice the piano. The late 1960s and 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 a baby, Rosie, all their lives change irrevocably…
‘In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions over the years, the play is without rivals.
It is a classic.’ The Times
Director Anna Lingard will be a familiar face to regular LADS audiences, and this will be her first time directing. “This was a play I have wanted to direct for a long time, ever since I saw it on stage as a teenager,” she said. “It left a lasting impression on me, shaping the way I experience theatre, and I hope it will have a similar affect with our local audience.”
Written in 1985, My Mother Said I Never Should is the most commonly performed work by a female playwright worldwide and earned Keatley the George Devine Award, as well as the Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play. In 1990 she was nominated for an Olivier Award.
It’s a play many people will be familiar with, especially as it features on some GCSE English Literature courses – so don’t miss this chance to see this thought-provoking, intriguing and emotive play on stage.
My Mother Said I Never Should is on at Llanymynech Village Hall on Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, July 28 at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £7 (children half-price) and are available from Ticketsource (see links below) or from the Village Shop, Llanymynech, and Rowanthorn, Oswestry.