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The Memory of Water

written by: 
Shelagh Stephenson
directed by: 
Elayne Phillips
Performance Dates: 
Wed, 6 Jun 2001, 19:30
Memory of Water Flyer

The Memory of Water is one of the most powerful and realistic family dramas that I have ever come across and I am proud to be given this opportunity to direct it for Upstage with the support of a strong cast and a creative design team.

Three sisters meet up on the eve of their mother's funeral. These three sisters, played by Mary Valach, Imelda Bromilow and Simone von Büren, are all very different women, with very different attitudes, very different lifestyles and very different memories. Together they attempt to cope with the death of their mother and come to terms with their own destinies.

But skeletons emerge from cupboards, we learn of their pasts, their fears, their hopes, their loves, in fast-moving richly-patterned dialogue that is at times hilariously funny, and then painfully sad, suddenly poignant, and then exploding with bursts of suppressed anger, followed by beautiful moments of compassion.

All of human life is there.

The Memory of Water was premiered in London in 1998 and is now being enjoyed by audiences world-wide.

N.B. This play may not be considered suitable for people under the age of 16.

Elayne Phillips has directed a number of Upstage productions including A Voice of My Own, Present Laughter, Birdsong and The Farndale Avenue Macbeth. She is currently the President of Upstage.