My Mother Said I Never Should


Moya Holmes

October 2006


A poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom.

Humorous and compassionate, the play uses a kaleidoscopic time structure to explore four generations of women – growing up in England during the 20th century. 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 their lives irrevocably