‘Blessedly and mercurially funny…. Stephenson combines a flair for witty dialogue with a relish…. a mistress of comic anguish’. THE GUARDIAN
Guildburys were awarded a National Operatic and Drama Association accolade of excellence for this production.
Three sisters, estranged after years of family rifts come together following the death of their mother.Their lives have taken them in very different directions and as they revisit their childhood memories they struggle to agree their versions of events, finding that family stories re-told seem to have been re-invented. A constant focus of their recollections is the elusive relationship each had with their mother; as their memories interact, laughter, anger and tears follow in their wake.
Shelagh Stephenson’s play is a bittersweet blend of sparkling comedy bound together with moments of tender poignancy. It will resonate with everyone who has looked back at their childhood with both pleasure and pain.
‘The Memory of Water’ received an Olivier Award for the Best Comedy in 2000.
Performed at The Electric Theatre, Guildford April 18 – 21, 2012.
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REVIEW PUBLISHED IN THE SURREY ADVERTISER, 27 APRIL 2012
SURREY LIFE MAGAZINE
‘Guildburys are always inventive in their productions and in this instance, the projection of shimmering water and black and white photos added a professional touch. The cast looked as if they enjoyed every moment and they had clearly worked hard at delivering a play worthy of the West End; a fact appreciated by the delighted audience.’ TINX NEWTON
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‘On top of excellent acting, the production was set beautifully. It may have only been a simple bedroom, but the use of projection through one wall, lighting, set dressing cannot be underestimated. Ian Nichols must be congratulated for his wonderful design, complemented by simple and effective lighting and evocative music.This attention to detail came through everywhere in this production and the director, Laura Sheppard should be very proud, the direction was excellent in every respect throughout this excellent, funny and poignant play.’ Nicole Rose
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Director Laura Sheppard brought the best out of the cast, especially the three sisters. Congratulations Guildburys for a superb production; once again this talented society presented the packed audience with an extremely entertaining evening. Betty Haslam