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St. James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA
Wednesday 13th April – Saturday 21st May 2016
Press night: Monday 18th April, 7pm

 

New production company Tiny Fires Ltd. presents the first London revival in over 25 years of Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning debut play My Mother Said I Never Should, as part of the spring season at St James.

 
Tiny Fires is run by director Paul Robinson and producer Tara Finney, the award-nominated team behind the critically acclaimed Land of Our Fathers which transferred to Trafalgar Studios in September 2014 and tours nationally this autumn. Paul and Tara have worked together on a number of shows over the last three years and have set up a new company to continue their successful collaboration. They will create emotionally arresting and visually dynamic theatre and film to inspire a new generation.

 
Their inaugural production, My Mother Said I Never Should is a moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters and the consequences of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood. Doris, born illegitimate in 1900, exchanges her budding teaching career for marriage and motherhood. After the war, her daughter Margaret marries an American and they have a daughter, Jackie, who becomes an archetypal 60s rebel. When Jackie can’t face being a single mother, it is decided that her baby, Rosie, will be brought up as Margaret's daughter.

 
Keatley’s play is about the choices we make which determine the course of our lives and how it is never too late to change. Looking at the social and professional place of women, it explores the belief that being a mother is at odds with being a professional success. This is a powerful story of love and jealously between mothers and daughters told through the stories of four generations of women.
 
Director Paul Robinson says, I have wanted to direct My Mother Said for over fifteen years. It’s a timeless and universal play and, unbelievably, it’s the most performed play ever by a female playwright. It’s got four incredible female characters and of course it’s a play about women but not exclusively. It’s really about the Larkin truism that “they f*** you up your mum and dad, they may not mean to but they do…” but it improves it. The play suggests that, while it’s incredibly hard, we can break the generational cycles of abuse in which we become trapped.

 
Notes to Editors

 

Title:

My Mother Said I Never Should

 

Performance Dates

Wednesday 13th April – Saturday 21st May 2016, 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm
No Wednesday matinee on 13th April
No performances on Sundays

 

Running time

2 hrs 30mins (including interval)

 

Location

St. James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA

 

Box Office

Tickets are available from www.stjamestheatre.co.uk or 0844 264 2140 from £15.

 

How to get there

St. James Theatre is located a couple of minutes’ walk from Victoria station. The other nearest underground stations are Victoria (on the District, Circle and Victoria lines), Hyde Park Corner (on the Piccadilly line) and St James’s Park (on the Circle and District lines). The nearest rail station is Victoria.

 

Twitter

@tinyfiresltd, @St_JamesTheatre, #MotherSaid

 

Website

www.tinyfires.co.uk

 

Writer Charlotte Keatley
Director Paul Robinson
Designer Signe Beckmann
Lighting Designer Johanna Town
Composer Simon Slater

 


Paul Robinson
 

Paul Robinson trained as a director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and received an Arts Council Bursary to the Manchester Royal Exchange. He was then selected to attend the National Theatre's Advanced Directors' Course and was Staff Director at the National Theatre for three years. In 2006 Paul became Joint Artistic Director of new writing powerhouse Theatre503 where he took on sole leadership in 2012. He has been twice nominated for Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards in 2014 and 2015 and has introduced the acclaimed Second Look programme, Trafalgar transfer season and the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award.


Paul's recent productions of And Then Come the Nightjars, A Handful of Stars and Land of Our Fathers, the latter two transferring to Trafalgar Studios, received 4 and 5 star reviews in The Guardian, Times, The Independent, The Telegraph and Time Out and garnered a total of nine Off West End Award nominations including Best Director.

 
For Theatre503: And Then Come the Nightjars, A Handful of Stars, Land of Our Fathers, The Life of Stuff, Desolate Heaven, Life for Beginners, The Swallowing Dark, Salts Meets Wound, They Have Oak Trees In North Carolina (503/Radio4), The Lifesavers (Colchester/TMA Award Nomination), Manor House (Latitude Festival), Porn: The Musical (Best New Musical Award, The Offies), Epic (Latitude Festival) and The Charming Man (Best Director nomination, The Offies). Other theatre credits include: Big Sean, Mikey and Me (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Falstaff (NT Cottesloe), Duck Variations (NT Olivier), Hello and Goodbye (ETT/Trafalgar Studios), Breakfast with Mugabe (Ustinov Studio Bath), Who Killed Mr Drum? (Riverside Studios), World's End (Pleasance/Trafalgar Studios) and the West End transfer of Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll.
 

Tara Finney

 

Tara Finney qualified as a corporate solicitor before starting her theatrical career as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503. After Theatre503, Tara was Producer at Iris Theatre, leading on two open-air summer seasons in the grounds of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Tara also spent 18 months as Associate Producer at Company of Angels where she line produced Theatre Cafe Festival, their flagship, pan-European theatre festival supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union, and general managed World Factory, a co-production with METIS, New Wolsey Theatre and the Young Vic.

 
Her independent work includes Land of Our Fathers and the critically-acclaimed debut play by Phoebe Eclair-Powell, WINK, which is set to transfer to New York for the Brits Off Broadway festival. She also recently produced The Natives by Cat Jones and Matthew Booth for the Old Vic New Voices Festival and is currently developing a new play by Luke Barnes at Park Theatre. Tara is part of the Stage One network of commercial producers.
 
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Tiny Fires Ltd is an independent production company set up by director Paul Robinson and producer Tara Finney to create high quality, unique and innovative theatre.

 

"From Tiny Fires comes big results" - Ought to be Clowns
(on My Mother Said, 2016)

 

Paul Robinson is joint director of Tiny Fires Ltd. Paul is Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre for whom he has directed Build A Rocket, The 39 Steps, A Christmas Carol, Goth Weekend,  The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Pinocchio.

 

He trained as a director at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, then received an Arts Council Directing Bursary at The Manchester Royal Exchange. He was selected to attend the National Theatre's Advanced Directors' Course and was then Staff Director at the NT for three years.  

 

Paul was Joint Artistic Director of Theatre503 from 2007 to 2012, when the theatre was turned into a multi-award-winning new writing powerhouse. Credits for Theatre503 include: Salt Meets Wound, They Have Oak Trees in North Carolina (also Radio 4), The Lifesavers (TMA nominated), This Charming Man, Desolate Heaven and The Life of Stuff.

 

Paul took on sole leadership of Theatre503 from 2012, introducing the Trafalgar Transfer season and the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. He has been twice nominated for Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards. His productions of And Then Come the Nightjars, A Handful of Stars and Land of Our Fathers all received huge critical acclaim and garnered a total of 12 Off West End Award nominations, including Best Director. The latter was recently made into a feature-length film.

 

Other credits include: My Mother Said I Never Should starring Maureen Lipman (St James’ Theatre), Breakfast with Mugabe (Bath Theatre Royal) and The Swallowing Dark (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse – TMA Award winner).

Tara Finney is joint director of Tiny Fires Ltd. Tara qualified as a corporate solicitor before starting her theatrical career as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503 in 2012. She then worked as Producer for Iris Theatre and as Associate Producer at Company of Angels until 2015. Tara now runs Tara Finney Productions and Tiny Fires Ltd, and is currently Interim Producer & Programmer at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

 

For Tiny Fires: My Mother Said I Never Should starring Maureen Lipman and Katie Brayben (St James Theatre).

 

For Tara Finney Productions: the 20th anniversary production of Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh starring Evanna Lynch (Irish Rep Theatre, New York and Trafalgar Studios, London), The Greatest Play in the History of the World… starring Julie Hesmondhalgh (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Ishq (Sadler’s Wells), All Our Children by Stephen Unwin (Jermyn Street Theatre), good dog by Arinze Kene (National Tour), The Acedian Pirates (Theatre503), And Then Come the Nightjars (National Tour), WINK (Theatre503), Land of Our Fathers (BBC Arts Online, National Tour, Trafalgar Studios and Theatre503).

 

Other credits include: World Factory (Young Vic, New Wolsey Theatre), Helver’s Night (York Theatre Royal), I, Peaseblossom / I, Caliban (National Tour), Theatre Cafe York (York Theatre Royal), Alice through the Looking Glass, Richard III, Alice in Wonderland, Julius Caesar (Iris Theatre, The Actor's Church), Desolate Heaven, Where the Mangrove Grows, ELEGY, Life for Beginners (Theatre503).