My Mother Said I Never Should

  • Price:
    £13 - £15
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  • Duration:
    2 hours, 30 mins (incl. 15 min interval)

‘You are always your Mother’s child, my Mother used to say’

Charlotte Keatley's contemporary classic is a moving and funny exploration of the lives of four generations of women in one family. Shifting back and forth in time, we see their loves, expectations and choices play out against huge social change from 1900-1980s

Presented in British Sign Language and spoken English and featuring a cast of 1 hearing and 3 d/Deaf actors, this production’s visual, physical storytelling captures the rich breadth of communication styles that have always been used by the d/Deaf community.

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There will be a free, BSL interpreted post-show discussion after the 2pm performance on Saturday 7 March.

Inventive, inclusive staging of Charlotte Keatley's classic play that makes creative use of British Sign Language.

The Stage

fingersmiths in co-production with Sheffield Theatres & in partnership with New Wolsey Theatre



"An enchanting portrayal of family life and social change told from a wholly new perspective, hopefully similarly diverse and inclusive productions will become only more frequent." - Forge Media

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"Inventive, inclusive staging of Charlotte Keatley's classic play that makes creative use of British Sign Language" - The Stage

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"we become so involved in the women’s lives we no longer notice the innovative means of delivery. This is what makes it thrilling." - The Observer

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Bring friends and family along and pay the concession price for this show. Applied to the following ticket combinations for family shows: 2 adult tickets + 2 child tickets; 1 adult ticket + 3 child tickets; 3 adult tickets + 1 child ticket; and x4 general admissions tickets for the rest of our programme.


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Useful to know

fingersmiths company of hearing and d/Deaf actors use BSL and spoken English to tell the story.
For scenes which are performed only in BSL we add simultaneous voice over or captions.
For scenes which are performed only in spoken English we have integrated captions into the set design.
We offer audio description for visually impaired audiences and touch tours at every performance.
For other access information, please click here

Seating is unallocated therefore specific seats cannot be reserved in advance. Please arrive early to secure your desired seats.

Planning your visit
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We'll always do our best to let latecomers into a performance, but we won’t be able to do this until a suitable break in the performance. Once a show has started late entry is at the discretion of the Duty Manager, and may not always be possible.

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