MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD is the most widely performed play ever written by a woman, having now been translated or produced in 31 countries from Japanto Peru. Premiered at Contact Theatre, Manchester 1987 and Royal Court 1989, in 2000 The National Theatre named it as one of the “Significant Plays Ofthe Twentieth Century”. It is studied at GCSE, A Level, Universities and Drama Schools.
Other theatre plays include: THE IRON SERPENT (LeedsTheatre Workshop, 1983), AN ARMENIAN CHILDHOOD (Leeds, 1983, with Impact Theatre), WAITING FOR MARTIN (English Shakespeare company, 1987), FEARS AND MISERIES IN THE THIRD TERM (Young Vic, 1989), THE RINGING SINGING TREE (Contact Theatre, 1992), THE SLEEP OF REASON PRODUCES MONSTERS (Leeds TheatreWorkshop and Shanghai Academy Theatre, 1999), OUR FATHER (Watford Palace Theatre 2012 (published byMethuen), I AM JANET (The Gap, Manchester, 2015).
In development: an epic play about surviving civil war, set in Georgia and Abkhazia, commissioned by the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY and EMILIE’S REASON about the passionate life of 18th century scientist Emilie du Chatelet.
Charlotte has also written and directed performance art, community theatre and plays for schools.
Awards include GEORGE DEVINE AWARD, MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS BEST NEW PLAY, nominated for OLIVIER AWARD (Most Promising Newcomer), TIME OUT THEATRE AWARD, SUNDAY TIMES OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD, PRIX DANUBE, EDINBURGH FRINGE FIRST, MOLIERE AWARD NOMINATION and EMMY for co researcher filming in Children’s Prisons in Georgia, for C4documentary KIDS BEHIND BARS.
She has written numerous dramas for BBC Radio 4 and a children’s drama, BADGER, for Granada TV and film. As a journalist she has written for the OBSERVER, FINANCIAL TIMES, YORKSHIRE POST, SCOTSMAN, SPARE RIB, PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE, THE GUARDIAN, and reviews for BBC FRONT ROW.
National Theatre- 100 Significant Plays of the Twentieth Century in 2000, for “My Mother Said I Never Should”
George Devine Award
Manchester Evening News Best New Play Award 1987
Olivier Award – Most Promising Newcomer 1989 nomination
Time Out Theatre Award
Edinburgh Fringe First,
Prix Danube (France)
Sunday Times Outstanding Performance Award,
EMMY joint winner 2003 for research filming in children’s prisons in Georgia for the C4 documentary “Kids Behind Bars”.
Underneath The Arndale Manchester Contact Theatre 1982; also directed.
The Iron Serpent Leeds Theatre Workshop 1983, about the world’s first railway; partly in song with original score.
Dressing For Dinner British tour 1984; also acted in it and directed.
An Armenian Childhood Leeds 1983, with Pete Brooks of Impact theatre; also actor in it.
The Legend Of Padgate a community play for a cast of eighty; Warrington 1985; also directed, designed and choreographed.
Waiting For Martin monologue; British and Canadian tour 1987 with the English Shakespeare company.
My Mother Said I Never Should Contact Theatre, Manchester 1987, and Royal Court 1989; subsequently produced in 31 countries and languages from Greek to Japanese. Now the most widely performed play ever written by a woman.
A GCSE and A-Level set text in Britain since 1992 and studied in universities from New York to Rajasthan. Selected by the Royal National Theatre 2000 as one of the 100 significant plays in the English language.
You’re a Nuisance Aren’t You for Fears And Miseries In The Third Term, Young Vic 1989.
The Singing Ringing Tree musical children’s play; Contact Theatre 1992, original music for the songs by Errolyn Wallen.
The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters Leeds Theatre Workshop and Shanghai Academy Theatre 1999; also directed by the playwright.
Forest written for production at St.Wilfred’s School, Blackburn, 2001.
The First Pirate Queen for teenage performers, premiered WGS School Manchester 2005. (Shortly to be published by Methuen as plays for young people).
Our Father 2012 Watford Palace Theatre; published by Methuen.
I Am Janet 2016 The Gap, Manchester
CutsTake Back at Comedy Store, Manchester 2018
My Mother Said I Never Should reconstructed for BBC Radio 4,1989;
repeated on Radio 4 Extra.
Citizens series : co-devised the series with Marilyn Imrie, and writers
Leigh Jackson and Marcia Kahan; and wrote twenty-two episodes 1987-90 for BBC Radio 4.
Is Green The Same For You ? BBC Radio 4, 1992.
North and South from the novel by Mrs Gaskell, BBC Classic 3 part serial 1997.
TELEVISION and FILM:
Badger children’s drama, Granada 1989. Winner of Prix Danube.
Falling Slowly Channel 4, 1990, commissioned and accepted, co-producer pulled out.
Kids behind Bars Channel 4, 2003, as researcher CK filmed in prisons in Georgia in East Europe for which the researchers won an EMMY.
My Mother Said I Never Should Methuen 1987, nine re-prints;
My Mother Said I Never Should Methuen Student Edition 1993 with notes and practical exercises by CK (currently Methuen are preparing a new Student Edition in response to the play being on the GCSE syllabus again).
My Mother Said I Never Should Acting Edition, Samuel French 1987 and re-prints.
Rage and Reason contributed interview on women playwrights and theatre aesthetics, Methuen 1998.
Our Father New play set in the Peak District, about hidden damage in the land and in families. Methuen 2012
Theatre plays in development:
All The Daughters Of War
Commission for RSC; Workshop at RADA 2006, Royal National Theatre 2007; epic covering 25 years through civil war and the re-making of a country, set in Georgia
in East Europe. Visceral and based on experience, 6 central women parts, 7 men.
Based on the life of Emilie du Chatelet, a pioneering physicist and philosopher, mother of three children, who loved gambling and eating. She created an extraordinary household to protect Voltaire, who lived with for 17 years after falling in love with her. A play about how to live a passionate life, what stops us, and what endures.
Theatre critic for The Financial Times, Observer, Yorkshire Post, Glasgow Herald, The Scotsman, Performance Magazine, Spare Rib; live broadcasts on BBC radio and television arts programmes, currently for BBC Front Row.
Wrote for The Guardian on the Rose Revolution in Georgia, having travelled extensively in Georgia and Abkhazia about which she is writing a book.
Teaching creative writing
For the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Contact Theatre and the Royal Exchange Manchester, among many other theatres. Workshops in dozens of schools, colleges and universities across the UK and US, including Cambridge and Harvard Universities.
For the British Council, workshops across Eastern Europe including in Sarajevo, just after the war; and in India.
Other workshops and courses for: The Arvon Foundation, The Women’s Theatre Group and Deafway, a theatre company for hearing and speech impaired actors.
Created a community play over a year working with children and adults in Padgate, Warrington, involving them in the writing and design.
Created a version of The Tempest from Caliban’s point of view, working with children in Ancoats and Moss Side, Manchester and performed at Contact Theatre.
Running community theatre groups in Burnley, Bury and numerous venues across the North West.
Co-organised the first Festival of Syrian Arts in the UK, Manchester 2017