The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

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About the Play

In the best tradition of British black humour, this award-winning comedy by playwright Shelagh Stephenson proves that death can reveal the absurdity of life. When sisters Mary, Teresa and Catherine gather together at their childhood home on the eve of their mother’s funeral, laughter and tears ensue in equal measure. As each of the sisters struggles to come to grips with their loss, childhood battle lines are unearthed and redrawn, memories are disputed and reinvented, life choices are analysed, and grief gives way to cathartic giggling fits.

“I am delighted that Roger Hodgman, multi award-winning director and former Artistic Director of Melbourne Theatre Company and the Vancouver Playhouse, will direct this wonderful comedy that proves it is never too late to grow up.” Kate Cherry

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Rebecca Davis, Melinda Dransfield, Stuart Halusz, Geoff Kelso and Julia Moody

Director: Roger Hodgman

Set & Costume Designer: Steve Nolan


“The whole play was satisfying and great fun” Theatre Australia

“I encourage anyone wanting a good night out to go and see The Memory of Water” Australian Stage Online

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