Corpus Playroom
Tue 7 - Sat 11 February
Heywood Society

My Mother Said I Never Should

Charlotte Keatley

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

“I wanted you to have opportunities I couldn’t ever have given you.” “No, you didn’t. You wanted your own life more than you wanted mine!”

Against the backdrop of the huge social changes of twentieth century England, four generations of women navigate the incredibly complex and difficult relationships between mothers and daughters. Doris, Margaret, Jackie and Rosie are forced to try to reconcile their varying social roles, responsibilities, and the generational burdens they have placed on one another, as they all struggle against impossible societal expectations across the century.

Keatley’s incredibly powerful, emotive and captivating piece delves into themes such as teenage pregnancy, familial guilt, duty and above all, sacrifice. It asks us to think about how the decisions and emotional entanglements of family affect generations, and fundamentally what it means to be a mother.

This production is recommended for ages 12 and above.

This amateur production is presented by an arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. 


Tue 7 February at 7:00pm
Wed 8 February at 7:00pm
Thu 9 February at 7:00pm
Fri 10 February at 7:00pm
Sat 11 February at 7:00pm


TUE–THU £7–£9, FRI–SAT £9–£11

abuse (physical, mental, verbal, sexual),

death and/or dying,

pregnancy and/or childbirth,

miscarriages and/or abortion,



anti-Semitism, mention of Hitler,

depictions of blood,

mentions of death (cancer),

implied domestic violence

The Corpus Playroom is owned by Corpus Christi College, and managed by the University of Cambridge through the ADC Theatre. The College drama society, the Fletcher Players, are the resident company.

The L-shaped studio is Cambridge's primary fringe space, showcasing a variety of productions, with an emphasis on new writing. Seasons are programmed simultaneously with the ADC Theatre.


Please note: This venue is not wheelchair accessible. More information can be viewed here.

Complimentary tickets are available for full-time carers.

The Corpus Playroom is fitted with an infra-red audio system designed to help deaf and hard of hearing patrons. If you are using the system for the first time, please arrive early and seek advice from our Front of House team.

Assistance dogs are welcome in both of our venues. Please call the Box Office or email the above address when booking to ensure you are seated appropriately.

The Corpus Playroom has gender-neutral toilets.


Corpus Playroom
10 St Edward's Passage
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