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Playlovers Presents 'The Memory of Water'

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
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What do you leave behind after death?
It's a truism to say that no one is truly dead while their name is spoken. But the rippling effects of every life long continue after death, particularly those from parents to children.

This concept is the well-spring of Shelagh Stephenson's superb play, The Memory of Water, well-regarded theatre company Playlovers' next production.

The Memory of Water, Shelagh Stepenson, Alida Chaney, Playlovers, Liz Hoffman
Cast and director of The Memory of Water (Photograph courtesy of Playlovers)

Shelagh Stephenson is a British playwright and actor who began at thirteen and who was awarded an Olivier Award for Best Comedy for The Memory of Water in 1996.

The plot is simple - Vi has died and her three daughters gather together at the family home the night before her funeral. Each has a different memory of their mother, each has their own perplexities and problems in their own lives and in a long night these are revealed, discussed and mostly resolved.

The Memory of Water, Shelagh Stepenson, Alida Chaney, Playlovers, Liz Hoffman
Lis Hoffman (Vi) and Anastasia Ward (Teresa) in rehearsal (Photograph courtesy of Playlovers)

Awarded as a comedy, and certainly very funny at times, this is a play about death, dying and the damage parents inflict on their children.

Starring a strong cast - Emma Shaw, Lis Hoffmann, Anastasia Ward, Jennifer McGrath, Mike Hodgen and Peter Neaves - directed by long time actor and director Alida Chaney this will be a superlative production of a challenging play judging by the depth of talent involved.

The Memory of Water, Shelagh Stepenson, Alida Chaney, Playlovers, Lis Hoffman
Jennifer McGrath, Michelle Varley and Peter Neaves (Photograph courtesy of Playlovers)

Director Alida Chaney; "I think everyone should come and see this play because it covers issues that we all have, or are going to have, to face at some time in our lives. I feel sure that the audience will warm to each of the characters and love them in the same way that I do."

The Memory of Water runs from the 15th of July until the 30th at Hackett Hall, Draper Street, Floreat at 8;00pm (except the high tea matinée on the 24th from 5pm.

Tickets cost $20 ($15 concession) and may be obtained by ringing 0415 777 173, emailing or online here.

Playlovers would like to acknowledge the support of The Alzheimer's Association of WA.

The Memory of Water, Shelagh Stepenson, Alida Chaney, Playlovers, Liz Hoffman
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Why? Award winning theatre
When: 8:00pm and 5:00pm (High Tea matinée)
Phone: 0415 777 173
Where: Hackett Hall, Draper Street, Floreat
Cost: $20 (Concession $15)
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