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My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley performed by d/Deaf and hearing cast members in Peterborough




A new production at Peterborough’s Key Theatre features d/Deaf and hearing cast members on stage together.

The term d/Deaf is used to describe those who are Deaf (sign language users) and deaf (who are hard of hearing but who have English as their first language and may lip read and/or use hearing aids).

The fingersmiths (spelt with a deliberate lower case ‘f’) theatre company have been touring their inclusive interpretations of classic plays for over five years.

Some of the cast on stage of My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley.
Some of the cast on stage of My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley.

Now, in a co-production with Sheffield Theatres, they are returning to Vivacity’s Key Theatre for the third time, with a production of ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ by Charlotte Keatley from February 20-21.

The performance is a mix of spoken English and (BSL) British Sign Language, with the play having received rave reviews up and down the county.

It is described as a moving and funny exploration of the lives of four generations of women in one family. Shifting back and forth in time, we see their loves, expectations and choices play out against huge social change from the 1900-1980s.

A scene from My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley.
A scene from My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley.

The play is made accessible for all audiences through a creative use of interpretation, voice over and captioning.All performances are performed in spoken English and British Sign Language with selected shows at every venue, captioned and audio described.

Jeni Draper, artistic director for fingersmiths says: “Visibility of the d/Deaf community in theatre and the arts is so important. My Mother Said I Never Should will be the third fingersmiths’ play to come to the Key Theatre after ‘Frozen’ and ‘Up n Under’.

"With each visit we have felt more welcomed by the audiences in Peterborough and their support of, and reaction to our work, has been phenomenal. The support of the local Deaf community has been integral to the success of each production and we are delighted that Peterborough will be one of the first audiences to see our new production on tour.”

Book to see ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ online at vivacity.org or e-mail key.theatre@vivacity.org for more accessibility information.

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