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image for Play item typeMy Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley at Civic and Cramphorn Theatres

Play, Tue 30 - Wed 31 Oct 2018, £10-£15


Chelmsford City Theatres

01245 606 505


Civic Theatre,
Fairfield Road,


Directed by Michael Cabot
Designed by Bek Palmer
Lighting by Andy Grange

‘In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions over the years, the play is without rivals. It is a classic.’ The Times

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.

The play details the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century. Using a kaleidoscopic time structure, Charlotte Keatley’s story focuses on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives.

In 1940, Doris, a former teacher, encourages her 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 at the Contact Theatre, Manchester, Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play is the most commonly performed work by a female playwright worldwide. My Mother Said I Never Should has been translated into 22 languages and has earned Keatley the George Devine Award, as well as the Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play. In 1990, Keatley was also nominated for an Olivier Award as Most Promising Newcomer.

London Classic Theatre first produced My Mother Said I Never Should in 2000 to critical acclaim. This revival by one of the UK’s leading touring companies promises to bring the play to life for a new generation.

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for conferencing

Event details

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Tue 30 - Wed 31 Oct 2018 19:45


Tickets: £17.00
Concession: £15.50
Schools: £10.00

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Sat 10 Feb - Sat 19 May Comedy Club 4 Kids
Fri 23 Mar We Are The Lions, Mr Manager
Sat 24 Mar D'Ukes
Fri 30 - Sat 31 Mar The Wind in the Willows
Thu 5 Apr Seven Drunken Nights
Thu 5 Apr Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of The Dubliners



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  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing