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The Memory of Water
3 Apr, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
About the Show:
Shelagh Stephensons first play opened in Hampstead Theatre in 1996 and then transferred to the West End, where it won an Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2000.
Three sisters and their partners gather at the home of their recently dead Mother and proceed to revisit the past in a poignant and often hilarious way.
Teresa, Mary and Catherine come together after their Mother dies, each are haunted by their own demons whereby the play focuses on how each sister deals with the death and how it directly affects them. Each sister recalls the past differently …whose memories are true?
The theme of this play is ‘Memory’. …each sister’s memory interacts with each other, and go on to show that despite synchronicities of time and place they can’t actually agree on the unification of their experiences. This is echoed later in the play as Vi’s final speech portrays her Alzheimer’s disease as being adrift among a series of islands of your own identity….are each of the sisters also ‘adrift’?
This play would best be described as a ‘tragi-comedy’ as although it is often hilarious it is also very moving.
Vi – 40/50 : The Mother of the three sisters, she was a glamorous woman w hen younger and is portrayed this way in the play. Not the best of Mothers….
Mary – 35/40 : The middle sister. A Doctor. In a 5 year relationship with Mike, another Doctor, who is married. She experiences a series of interactions with the ‘ghost’ of her dead Mother. Many hidden agendas with her Mother.
Teresa – 35/45 : The eldest sister who runs a health food store with her husband Frank. She feels that she has to keep her family together and assumes all of the responsibility for her Mother and her funeral arrangements. She is both resentful and protective of her younger siblings.
Catherine – 25/35: The baby sister. Always feels left out, even as a child. She changes her lovers regularly as she never seems able to hang onto them. She smokes ‘pot’ and appears frivolous. She is attention seeking and a bit wild.
Mike – 35/50: Mike is the doctor with whom mary has been having a 5 yr affair with. He lies about his wife’s health so as to keep his relationship with both of them. Selfish and cold.
Frank – 40/55: Not happy with his lot. He wants to run a pub. He is a bit of a prick really. He relies on Teresa as well.
It will be a ‘cold read’ there will be a chance to read through the audition piece before you actually enter the audition, and the characters will be ‘mixed and matched’ with other auditionees.
It is advisable that you are familiar with the play before the day of the audition. English accents are required…just middle of the road…not ‘posh’ not ‘lower class’.
Please be prepared to stay for at least half an hour. If necessary there will be call backs during the following week.
Please contact Alida Chaney for audition information or to book an audition 0403367047/alida.chaney60@
Show: The Memory of Water
Author: Shelagh Stephenson
Venue: Playlovers, Hacket Hall, Draper St, Floreat
Theatre Company: Playlovers Inc
Show Dates: 15th/16th/17th/21st/22nd/23rd/
Director: Alida Chaney