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My Mother Said I Never Should | People’s Theatre


People’s Theatre back on stage with award-winning drama

The People’s Theatre in Heaton will welcome back audiences shortly with Charlotte Keatley’s highly-acclaimed MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD, a warm and poignant exploration of womanhood set against the huge social changes of the twentieth century.

Years pass in emotional rather than chronological order as four generations of a family – Doris, Margaret, Jackie, and Rosie – encounter and struggle with motherhood, marriage, and work.

Keatley’s powerful and funny drama is a classic study of mothers and daughters, of growing up and independence, and provides a stark reminder of the tough choices and compromises faced by women.

The cast includes real-life mother and daughter Maggie Childs and Anna Dobson who play Doris and Margaret. And they are no strangers to the play, having starred as Margaret and Jackie when they last performed it in 1998!

Anna comments: “I have acted with my mum in a few plays over the years, and she often plays my mother. It can be quite emotional, particularly if her character is upset – no one wants to see their mum cry! We’re really comfortable with each other, so that makes working together really enjoyable. And having spent months apart in lockdown, it’s also a great opportunity for us to reconnect. I am beyond thrilled to be going back on stage. There’s nothing like live theatre and I can’t wait to share this story of these women with an audience.”

To help audiences return with confidence, the People’s have included some socially-distanced performances, and as well as MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD they’ve also got legendary BBC comedy BLACKADDER II coming up, along with hilarious spoof THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and heart-warming festive fun in THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY. And, of course, the Panto SLEEPING BEAUTY!
All details are on their website www.peoplestheatre.co.uk

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