"My Parents are called .my parents are called Duty and Guilt"
Taken from near the end, this line encapsulates two of the main issues running through this engaging and influential play. ‘My Mother Said ’ takes a close look at the tensions running through mother-daughter relationships and the misunderstandings and resentments that sometimes arise.
In several female generations of a 20th century Manchester family, each woman tries to balance her personal expectations against that of family and society. Each relationship is explored in detail against the changing social backdrop and the knock-on effect that it produces.
Wonderfully un-schmaltzy without being depressing, forgiveness is also a theme, but if you’re waiting for all to be resolved for a big happy ending, don’t. Life’s not like that. At times deliberately provocative, it tries to cram in many complex(es?) and is dialogue heavy. Tower Theatre doesn’t let this become a burden, as the 4 actresses (Alison Liney, Ann McColgan, Tania Harq and Senard Enver) carry the piece splendidly from start to finish. Each performance is strong and consistent but we especially admired Tania Harq’s tackling of Jackie - a challenging dramatic role that spans more than 20 years.
By Amy Barnard