The Memory of Water

Audio described in-house.

“I wish you’d stop remembering things that didn’t actually happen”

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Shelagh Stephenson’s poignant and painfully funny comedy is about conflicting memories, life and loss.

Mary, Catherine and Teresa are sisters who think they share a common past. A world of disputed bicycles, midnight ice-cream sodas, Mum’s cocktail dresses and perfumed advice – a seaside childhood punctuated by the odd monosyllable from Dad. But where does reality end and family myth begin? Why has war broken out in Mother’s bedroom – and why is Vi, so recently deceased, still with us?

The Memory of Water makes a highly-anticipated return to Hampstead 25 years after its World Premiere in 1996.  Following West End and New York transfers, The Memory of Water was also adapted into a film.

Stephenson’s other plays include An Experiment with an Air Pump (Royal Exchange/Hampstead Theatre), Ancient Lights (Hampstead Theatre), Five Kinds of Silence (Lyric Hammersmith) and Mappa Mundi (National Theatre).

Director Alice Hamilton returns to Hampstead Theatre following Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter last year and the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen and Paradise (both Hampstead Downstairs).  Other directing credits include Blood Wedding (Salisbury Playhouse) and While We’re Here (Bush).

Event image: Three white women on a sandy beach, sitting on blankets under a large beach umbrella. One holds an inflatable beach ball. In the distance are 2 other figures, with seagulls and blue cloudy sky above.


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