Theatre special ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ will come to Oldham

Reporter: Jess Reeves
Date published: 12 March 2019

London Classic Theatre’s popular production, ‘My Mother Said I Never Should' comes to Oldham Coliseum Theatre this April.

Following the news earlier this year, that a fire has destroyed the entire set of their touring production on New Year’s Eve. London Classic Theatre announced that the extension of the UK tour of Charlotte Keatley’s ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ will go ahead as planned.

Kathryn Ritchie returns to play Jackie Metcalfe and will be joined by Rebecca Birch (Rose Metcalfe), Lisa Burrows (Margaret Bradley) and Judith Paris (Doris Partington). Artistic Director of LCT, Michael Cabot, directs the production, which tours to 14 venues in 2019, visiting Oldham Coliseum Theatre from Tuesday 2nd until Saturday 16th April.

Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, the production 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 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 of their lives irrevocably.