Interview With….EJ Raymond

EJ chatted to Emma Clarendon about My Mother Said I Never Should, now playing at Sheffield Theatre’s Studio Theatre.

(c)Mark Douet.

Hi EJ, for those who don’t know what is My Mother Said I Never Should about? It’s about four generations of women between the 1960s to late 1980s, it focuses on their upbringing, the men in their lives and the social constructs that surround these women. It’s a play full of emotion and will have you laughing and crying.

How do you feel to being a part of this production? I was so surprised when the director asked me if I would like to be a part of this production. I’m feeling really excited, a little bit nervous and grateful to be sharing the stage with three lovely actresses who I really get along with.

What was it that made you want to be part of My Mother Said In Never Should? I think what made me want to be a part of this show was the connection I felt towards my character Jackie, she’s very creative like me and also the fact the play is both written and directed by women. I think it is important to show work that is created by women for women.

What did you first think of the story when you read it initially? “I couldn’t put the script down! I read it multiple times and what I found interesting was the nature/nurture debate the show explores, watching these women grow up in different eras with different choices and different expectations of what they should accept. I love the way that Charlotte Keatley wrote this story, to make us think about what each character went through.

What are you most looking forward to about presenting My Mother Said I Never Should for audiences? To see what they think of the story and how it leaves them feeling. It will be interesting to know who the audience relates to and any similarities they see between their own relationships with their mothers and the ones presented in the show.

How does it feel to be presenting this story alongside fingersmiths? I am so proud to be part of a show with Fingersmiths. I enjoy being challenged by the work as it uses multiple language devices, voice-over (pre-recorded), old fashioned & Manchester style sign language as well, demonstrating the power of communication.

What can we expect from this production? You can expect a heart-warming story about motherhood, independence and the sacrifices we make as women for our children. It is beautifully crafted tale by Charlotte Keatley and hopefully the audiences will go away feeling moved by the story and connected to the characters.

By Emma Clarendon

My Mother Said I Never Should continues to play at the Sheffield Studio Theatre until the 23rd November.

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