Theatre preview: My Mother Said I Never Should, Watford

Watford Palace Theatre, to 17 Oct

Charlotte Keatley's 1987 play has endured, even becoming a GCSE set text. It's no surprise because it is a moving and touching examination of the relationships between mothers and daughters past and present, and the family secrets that are passed down through the generations. In this case, four generations, beginning when Doris, born in 1900, gives birth to a daughter who herself marries and gives birth during the 1950s to a daughter who becomes part of 1970s art-school hippiedom. The last piece in the family jigsaw is Rosie. It is a play about how the world changes and people move on but how feelings remain the same, and of lives shaped not just by world history but family histories too. Most of all it is a celebration of the strength of women and the traumas and blessings of domestic life.

• Watford Palace Theatre, to 17 Oct


Lyn Gardner

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