The actress spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about appearing in London Classic Theatre’s production of My Mother Said I Never Should, touring the UK from the 11th September. 

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Thanks so much for talking to me. Could you tell me a bit more about what we can expect from My Mother Said I Never Should? First and foremost, it’s a gripping family drama! It portrays the lives of four generations of women in the same family over the course of the twentieth century and examines their relationships. It explores the themes of ambition, selflessness, jealousy and the difficult choices women have to make throughout their lives.

What were your first impressions of the play when you initially read it? I was very moved by it. Charlotte brings the four women to life with huge immediacy. The way she plays with time means the audience are often one step ahead of the characters.

Could you tell me a bit more about your character Jackie? Jackie is a confident, ambitious woman who forges a very successful career path in the art world. She is a rebellious teenager, often at loggerheads with her mother and when she falls pregnant at 18, she is forced to make a decision which haunts her for the rest of her life.

What do you think audiences can take away from the play in 2018? I think it is as relevant now as it was when it was first written. Even in 2018, it is so rare to see plays which focus solely on the lives of women. They are still facing many of the same challenges when it comes to motherhood and career – it addresses the eternal conundrum of women wanting to ‘have it all’.

From your point of view what would you say the main message of My Mother Said I Never Should is? I believe it is a play about the power of change and how the new generation can learn from the mistakes of their predecessors. Progress always has a price.

Was there anything in particular about the story that made you want to become involved with the production? Having become a mother myself in the last ten months, I was really drawn to the role of Jackie and the choices she has to make. As my daughter approaches her first birthday, I look at the way Jackie’s decisions haunt her through the play and feel enormous sympathy for her situation.

What are you most looking forward to about performing the play for audiences? It is not often that an actor has the opportunity to play their character at several different stages of their life, from young girl to grown woman. In My Mother Said I Never Should, the audience take that journey with us and that’s hugely exciting!

By Emma Clarendon

My Mother Said I Never Should will tour the UK from the 11th September. For more information visit:  http://www.londonclassictheatre.co.uk/index.php/2018/05/my-mother-said-i-never-should/