Paul Robinson, Artistic Director of Theatre503, and Tara Finney (the award-nominated team behind Land of our Fathers), have launched a new theatre production company together, Tiny Fires Ltd.
Their inaugural production, My Mother Said I Never Should at St James Theatre, will be the first revival in London of Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning debut play in 25 years. Despite this, is the most performed play ever by a female playwright and its timeless cultural significance is highlighted by the fact it is part of the English Literature curriculum.
Keatley’s play is about the choices we make which determine the course of our lives and how it is never too late to change. Looking at the social and professional place of women, it explores the belief that being a mother is at odds with being a professional success. This is a powerful story of love and jealously between mothers and daughters told through the stories of four generations of women.
Director Paul Robinson says, I have wanted to direct My Mother Said for over fifteen years. It’s a timeless and universal play and, unbelievably, it’s the most performed play ever by a female playwright. It’s got four incredible female characters and of course it’s a play about women but not exclusively. It’s really about the Larkin truism that “they f*** you up your mum and dad, they may not mean to but they do…” but it improves it. The play suggests that, while it’s incredibly hard, we can break the generational cycles of abuse in which we become trapped.
Wednesday 13th April – Saturday 21st May 2016, 7.30pm Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm
No Wednesday matinee on 13th April
No performances on Sundays
Tickets are available from http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk or 0844 264 2140 from £15.