Future Productions


  • October 2018 – ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ by Charlotte Keatley, 25th – 27th October 2018
  • February 2019 – TBA

Next production:

Our October Production 25th – 27th October 2018

‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ by Charlotte Keatley

Directed by Julie Field

There are only 4 characters (all women), all of whom are called upon to play young children, as well as their named character over a period of years:

  • Doris – Playing age from 9 to 87
  • Margaret (Doris’s daughter) – Playing age from 9 to 56
  • Jackie (Margaret’s daughter) – Playing age from 9 to 34
  • Rosie (Jackie’s daughter) – Playing age from 8 to 15

Auditions: Wednesday 13th June, both held 8pm at 24 Caesar Rd, Wheathampstead, AL4 8NP

Charlotte Keatley studied drama at the University of Manchester and as a postgraduate at the University of Leeds. She has worked as a journalist for Performance magazine, the Yorkshire Post, the Financial Times and the BBC. She co-devised and performed in ‘Dressing for Dinner’, staged at the Theatre Workshop, Leeds, in 1983, and set up the performance art company, Royal Balle, in 1984. She was the Judith Wilson Fellow in English at Cambridge University in 1989 and Writer in Residence for the New York Stage and Film Company in 1991.

Her first play, ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ was written in 1985 and first produced in 1987, when it won both the Royal Court/George Devine Award and the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best New Play. Following its publication in 1988, it has been studied as an A-level set text for a number of years and has subsequently been translated into 22 languages. It is said it holds the distinction of being the most performed play in the English language written by a woman.