written by Sheila Stephensen
THE MEMORY OF WATER premiered at the Hampstead Theatre, London in 1996 and was first published in 1997. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy and was adapted by the author for the 2002 film, ‘Before You Go’, directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Julie Walters, John Hannah, and Joanne Whalley.
Three sisters gather for their mother’s funeral. Each has her memories of her childhood and this creates conflict, which is, by turns, angry, desper- ate, poignant and wildly funny. The situation is deepened by the recurring presence of Vi, the mum, a ghostly vision in flowing taffeta. Whilst visible only to one of the sisters, her influence and demand to be understood rather than buried and forgotten drives the other sisters as well. An evening, provocative and hilarious is promised.