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My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley

14th - 18th Sep 2021

Event info

Start Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £15.00 Concessions: £13.00


"...beautifully done and a reminder of what we’ve been missing all these months." - David Whetstone, CULTURED. North East

"I would highly recommend this quirky, sorrowful and fun production to anyone who has missed live theatre." - NE Theatre


We are delighted to welcome audiences back to the People's with this warm, poignant, and humorous exploration of womanhood in 20th century England.

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.

First presented by the People’s in 1998 and rarely seen in Newcastle since, this production offers a powerful and compassionate evening of drama.

Three decades after it was written, Charlotte Keatley’s play provides a stark reminder of the tough choices and compromises faced by women exhorted to ‘have it all’ whilst facing the conflicting demands of domestic life and a career.

This amateur production of “My Mother Said I Never Should” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.



Doris: Maggie Childs

Margaret: Anna Dobson

Jackie: Emma Jane Robson

Rosie: Theus De’Ath

Production Team 

Director: Mark Burden

Stage Manager: Lesley Heckels-Thompson

Production Assistant: Kath Frazer

Technical Design (set, sound & lighting): Tim Swinton

Tech Assist and Performance Operations: Sara Jo Harrison

Costume Design: Dianne Edwards

Properties Design: Anneliese Clifton

Props Team: Mike Cornish, Marina Cornish, Rye Mattick, Alan Potts, Cathrine Moore, Catherine Moat

Set Build: Alan Potts

Promotional Videos Editor: Minnie Dobson

A special thanks to Zoe Rankin and Sasha Quigg, who started the journey with us and who contributed so very much.

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