All change as theatre offers new perspective

Zara Ramm as Margaret NNL-150220-155753001
Zara Ramm as Margaret NNL-150220-155753001

Chipping Norton Theatre is being transformed to present My Mother Said I Never Should, its latest in-house 

Rather than its usual proscenium arch auditorium, the theatre will be set up with in-the-round staging to make the audience feel much closer to the characters, and get a rarely-seen view of the building.

The ground-breaking play is now in its 30th year and made its mark for suggesting different ways of structuring a story, and put the everyday lives of women to the centre of the drama.

Artistic director John Terry said: “This phenomenally juicy piece of drama follows the life of four generations of one family – four mothers and daughters – as they pass through the 20th century.

“The intensity, emotion and humour is even sharper and more powerful staged in the round, bringing the audience incredibly close to the action.

“It’s a play about change – about how much and how little we change from our parents, and about the changes to women’s lives in such a short space of time. It will move audiences, make them remember, and make them think about their own mothers, daughters and families.”

It was voted as one of the 100 greatest plays of the 20th century in a National Theatre poll.

Over the years it has been translated into 22 languages and performed across the globe, and is now an A-level set text.

The cast of four women is Sue McCormick (Doris), Zara Ramm (Margaret), Jessica Guise (Jackie) and Charlotte Croft (Rosie), who play the characters from childhood into old age.

John Terry’s recent critically-acclaimed shows at Chippy Theatre include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Glass Menagerie and Michael Frayn’s Alarms and Excursions.

He has also developed new plays with playwrights James Graham, Tom Morton-Smith and Mike Bartlett and directed work for The Orange Tree Theatre, The Arcola, The Finborough Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange.

My Mother Said... runs from tomorrow, Friday to March 11, with tickets from 01608 642350.