12 Little Chapel St
Prahran VIC 3181
The Memory of Water is a big hearted and bittersweet examination of family and memory by one of the UK’s best new playwrights Shelagh Stephenson.
Trapped by a snow-storm in the hours before their mother, Vi’s funeral, three adult sisters endure a bickering, very humorous and unsettling reunion as each of their memories compete for authenticity by a woman who has helped shape and influence their lives; Teresa, the sensible ‘martyr’ and caregiver; Mary the middle child who is a classic cynical over-achiever; and Catherine the youngest wayward self-obsessed daughter.
Stephenson’s talent for witty dialogue and dynamic sense of theatre are evident in this story where emotions run high and family secrets are revealed as the three sisters bring past conflicts into present events with hilarious results.
Deftly balancing moments of hilarity and sorrow, this extraordinary play explores the influence that parents exert on their children’s lives … even long after they have physically departed.
Featuring a fine ensemble with: Soren Jensen, Ana Mitsikas, Carissa McAllen, Darren Mort, Karla Hillam, Janet Watson Kruse and Sonia Street.
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2000 and voted UK ‘Play of the Year’ in 2001.
“ memorable and enjoyable… Baird’s Catherine is a hilarious mass of dysfunction… Strehlow’s Vi has a lovely, glamorous presence, offsetting a sharp and earthy tongue.” – Sydney Morning Herald