May/June 2004

The Memory of Water
by Shelagh Stephenson

Directed by
Jan Ford

Riveting entertainment
Braintree & Witham Times

Plenty of laughs
Dunmow Observer

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Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for the best comedy of the year 2000, The Memory of Water features three sisters who return to the family home on the eve of their mother's funeral.  As the conflicts of the past converge, everyday lies and tensions reveal the particular patterns and strains of family relationships.  At times funny, at times sad and poignant, it is an entertaining and thought-provoking play.

The ghost of Vi awaits the arrival of her three daughters for her funeral.

Vi watches over her daughters Mary, Theresa and Catherine.

Theresa harangues her husband Frank over the emptiness of their marriage.

Mary seeks comfort in the arms of her lover Mike.

Catherine tries to convince her sisters that she leads an exciting life with her Spanish lover.

The sisters, whilst clearing out their mother's bedroom, dress up in her clothes unaware that she is watching disapprovingly.

The family gather and start to bicker over their past and present lives.



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