We are thrilled to announce our first professional production will be The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson. Currently scheduled to open Friday, June 30, at the Drama Centre Black Box. We are planning 9 performances over two weeks. Please keep in touch with us for more details and ticket information.
In Stephenson’s funny, and often dramatic examination of the structures of memory and family, three estranged sisters meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral to argue and misremember. “I’ve got this tragic flaw that makes everything come out funny,” says Stephenson.
When the play opened at the Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1996 it was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. But it is melancholic too, as the emotional bruises of the sisters’ childhood emerge. Memories fade, blur and persist as the sisters bicker, laugh, and cry, watched over by the ghost of the mother to whom they are preparing to say goodbye.
Not many dramatists have as sharp an eye for the quirks of character as Stephenson, and still fewer are so adroit when it comes to turning comic dialogue. ~ The Times.
Blessedly and mercurially funny – Stephenson, a mistress of comic anguish, is clearly a real find. ~ The Guardian.
Wickedly funny ~ The Independent.
The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson is showing at the Drama Centre, Black Box, from 30 June to 9 July. Tickets available through SISTIC.