My Mother Said I Never Should is one of those plays I’ve been aware of for a long time but never got around to seeing. I went to check out an amateur production at the Putney Arts Theatre.
Charlotte Keatley’s 1985 play is about four generations of women in one family, set between London and Manchester and covering several decades in their lives. There’s great-grandmother Doris, her daughter Margaret, artist Jackie and the youngest, Rosie. It’s about secrets, love and family and it’s gripping throughout, with strong performances from each of the four leads. It’s refreshing to see a play that focuses entirely on women and their relationships, and this production does it full justice. While some aspects seem slightly dated now, overall it’s a solid exploration of highly relevant themes.