THE lives of four women through the immense social changes of the 20th century are followed in a poignant bittersweet play at Newtown’s Hafren theatre this Saturday night, February 9.

This is a revival of ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’, Charlotte Keatley’s play first produced by one of the UK’s leading touring companies London Classic Theatre to critical acclaim in 2000.

The new tour promises to bring the play to life for a new generation with its story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom set in Manchester, Oldham and London, using a kaleidoscopic time structure to focus 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 practise 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.

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Written in 1985 and first staged at the Contact Theatre, in Manchester, Keatley’s award-winning play is the most commonly performed work by a female playwright throughout the world.

‘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.


The cast of four, Rebecca Birch, Lisa Burrows, Judith Paris and Kathryn Ritchie, are directed by Michael Cabot.

It starts at 7.45pm with tickets, priced at £11, available from The Hafren theatre box office on 01686 614555.