MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD
I wanted to acknowledge the debt that my generation owes to past generations of women; "feminism" is too often presented as a preoccupation of university educated women in their twenties or thirties. I learned my "feminism" from the kind of women who invest their energy, often their whole lives, in other people. The behaviour of mothers shapes a nation as much as governments or wars do; so I would call this play 'political'.
I set the play across this century because we have witnessed such enormous changes in opportunities for women between each generation - although many of the desires and stresses for women remain unchanged.. a woman's relationship with her mother, that strange bond of love and jealousy, has a lifelong and unavoidable influence. I have jumbled chronology because this is not a play about memory, but about the other emotional inheritance which impinges on our daily decisions...the child remains inside the woman, often shouting what the adult refuses to hear; these girls are serious, and out of the public eye they are not 'good'.
Doris Partington - Stacey Granger
Margaret Bradley - Rachel Critchley
Jackie Metcalfe - Sasha Brooman
Rosie Metcalfe - Rebecca Griggs
Directed by Sarah Willis