Kirribilli, NSW


Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Shelagh Stephenson’s poignant and painfully funny comedy is bound by sisterly love, anger, tears and of course laughter.
THE MEMORY OF WATER: What to expect - 1


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.

Run time

2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)

Start date

20th October, 2023

End date

25th November, 2023



Recommended for ages 14+

Production note
This production contains some strong language, drug use, sexual references


Ensemble Theatre

78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli, NSW, Australia, 2061


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.

More information about THE MEMORY OF WATER

"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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