ST JAMES THEATRE
(and "The Studio")
MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD (play)
Ends 21st May 2016.
It's about mothers and daughters. Starting in 1900 with Doris, who becomes a
teacher then housewife and mother to Margaret, who goes to the USA and has
60s rebel Jackie. Jackie becomes a mother to Rosie, and Margaret decides to
bring her up as her own...
A play by Charlotte Keatley.
"The Studio" schedule:
See www.stjamestheatre.co.uk for details of productions.
Professional reviewers are unanimous in their praise of matriarch Doris (Maureen
Lipman), and her change from harsh mother to doting grandma over the course of
the play. Caroline Faber (Margaret - real mother) and Katie Brayben (Jackie -
adoptive mother) are likewise noted for depth and development in a play spanning
decades. Continuing the theme, designer Signe Beckmann manages to alter the set
(with the use of Timothy Bird's well chosen video) to convey each era, and Paul
Robinson directs with similar nod to each period.
The problem is, for some
reviewers, that the script sometimes feels tired and a little long for today's
quickened pace. Fortunately, it retains its genuine integrity, though, so
perhaps is forgiven more readily for any over-writing some observe.
As a study of life and mother / daughter interaction, there are few better,
and this revival is superior too, seems to be the verdict.
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