Charlotte Keatley
Charlotte Keatley
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About Me

Charlotte Keatley is best known for her ground-breaking play ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’, now translated into thirty-one languages, and the most widely performed play ever written by a woman. It was named by the National Theatre as one of the Significant Plays of the 20th Century, won the George Devine Award among others, and is a GCSE and university set text.

The Guardian: ‘This is the equivalent of breaking the four-minute mile…pointing the way for the next generation of playwrights in form and content.’

She has also written for radio, television, film and worked as a theatre critic and political journalist. The RSC commissioned her play ‘All The Daughters of War’, about the civilian experience of civil war, written out of extensive travels in Georgia, Eastern Europe. She has also worked as an actor, director and ran a performance art company. She teaches creative writing across the world, from warzones to village libraries. Her plays are published by Methuen.

Current Productions

My Mother Said I Never Should

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

13 Feb – 31 March

See Current Productions for times, venues, tickets

Latest News

Sign Language version of MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD – Guardian reveiw

In its new co-production with Sheffield Theatres, the troupe performs Charlotte Keatley’s 1987 classic using varying combinations of British sign language, quasi-mime gestures, spoken words, silently mouthed words, voiceover and surtitles (projected on to a kite-shaped screen, incorporated into Sophia Lovell Smith’s multipurpose set). The result is both thrilling and frustrating….

Click here to read about the review


Director Jeni Draper and company member Lisa Kelly were on BBC Front Row on
Tuesday 12 November 2019:

Click here to read about the interview

New Commision – The Inconvenience Store

I have been commisioned to write a new play – ‘Ask Verity’ – for Paines Plough Theatre Company for summer 2020.

How many versions of yourself are you wearing today? Just those three? Do they really fit you? Bee doesn’t fit hers. So she’s opened a shop, where the changing room actually does change you. The Inconvenience Store offers what is needed by those who aren’t Mr Normal- whoever he is.

Click here to watch the trailer