Key features include a critical commentary of the play with extensive, clearly labelled analyses on themes, characters and context. They take studying drama even further with sections on dramatic technique, critical reception, related works, fascinating behind-the-scenes interviews with playwrights, directors or actors, and a helpful glossary of dramatic terms.
Charlotte Keatley's My Mother Said I Never Should grapples with social forces that threaten to split four generations of women apart. When Jackie, who is unmarried, gives away her baby to her mother, the women are united in keeping this family secret yet divided in their opinions of it.
Closely following the requirements of GCSE English Literature assessment objectives, these studies include expert advice on how to write about modern drama. With featured activities for group study and independent work, they are versatile and valuable to students and teachers alike.
About the Author
Sophie Bush is a Lecturer in Performance at Sheffield Hallam University and has previously taught at the Universities of Sheffield, Huddersfield and Manchester Metropolitan. Her research and teaching interests lie in the history, practice and politics of contemporary British Theatre. Her doctorate, on the work of Timberlake Wertenbaker, was awarded by the University of Sheffield in 2011, and in September 2013, her first book The Theatre of Timberlake Wertenbaker was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. She is also the author of My Mother Said I Never Should GCSE Student Edition (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016) and My Mother Said I Never Should GCSE Student Guide (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016). She maintains an involvement with practical theatre-making, as director and devisor.
Table of Contents
Context (time of writing; times depicted in play; contemporary relevance)
Themes (e.g. motherhood; unmarried motherhood/adoption; women's place in the family; women's place in the workplace; changing opportunities and roles for women over 20th century; family secrets; mother-daughter relationships; the way we recreate history/pass things on)
Dramatic Technique (language; structure; focus on text in performance - stylisation, design, lighting, etc.)
Critical Reception (reviews of original productions; contemporary reviews)
2. Behind the Scenes (interview with playwright, director, actor, teacher - tbc)
3. Writing about the Play (tips for academic writing; incorporating contextual material; and selecting and integrating quotations)
Critical Writings (some short accessible extracts)
Related Work (e.g. Whale Music; Be My Baby; Taste of Honey; Top Girls)
Glossary of Dramatic Terms