The Memory of Water
By: Shelagh Stephenson
Directed by: Muriel Romanes
Three sisters meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral. Together they rummage through their collective memories, dredging up old stories, events and conflicts. Each has evolved their own way of dealing (or not) with the past but as emotion, disputed memory and alcohol each takes its toll, they slowly dissolve into a chaos of hilarity and grief.
The Memory of Water was Shelagh Stephenson’s first play, which opened at Hampstead Theatre, London in 1996. In 2000, The Memory of Water was winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy. A huge hit on the West End, Stellar Quines’ co-production was the Scottish premiere.