Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Shelagh Stephenson’s poignant and painfully funny comedy is about conflicting memories, life and loss.
Mary, Catherine and Teresa are sisters who share a common past. A world of disputed bicycles, midnight ice-cream sodas, cocktail dresses and their Mum’s perfumed advice. A seaside childhood punctuated by the odd monosyllable from Dad.
Where does reality end and family mythology begin? Why has sibling war broken out in their Mother’s bedroom? Why are past recollections still so with us?
THE MEMORY OF WATER takes a new look at the age-old traditions of recollecting family stories. A beautiful bittersweet comedy, bound by sisterly love, anger, tears and of course laughter.
2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)
October 20th, 2023
November 25th, 2023
Recommended for ages 14+
Just a hop, skip and a jump north of the bridge from the CBD, Ensemble Theatre is situated in a heritage-listed boatshed on the water in Kirribilli.
TRAIN The next stop north after Wynyard Station, take the train to Milsons Point station, exit at Ennis Rd and it’s just a 5 minute walk down Willoughby Street.
FERRY The most scenic way to travel, treat yourself and jump on a ferry from Circular Quay to Milsons Point (a 10 – 15 minute walk) or Kirribilli Wharf (also, a 10 – 15 minute walk).
CAR There’s free (but time-limited) street parking all around the theatre. Please allow ample time to park before your performance or booking at Bayly’s Bistro.
"Glorious, hilarious and heart-warming." - The Spectator
"Stephenson's play balances riotous humour and pathos, with its melancholia lingering in your memory." - The Guardian
Playwright: Shelagh Stephenson
Director: Rachel Chant
Cast: Michala Banas, Thomas Campbell, Nicole Da Silva, Jo Downing, Madeleine Jones, Johnny Nasser
Set & Costume Designer: Veronique Benett
Lighting Designer: Kelsey Lee
Composer & Sound Designer: David Bergman
Dialect Coach: Linda Nicholls-Gidley
Intimacy, Movement & Fight Director: Nigel Poulton
Stage Manager: Lauren Tulloh
Assistant Stage Manager: Alexis Worthing
Costume Supervisor: Renata Beslik
Wig Stylist: Lauren Proietti
Costume Maker: Margaret Gill
This production has been licensed by arrangement with Julia Tyrrell Management
The original production of THE MEMORY OF WATER was staged at Hampstead Theatre in 1996
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