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The Memory of Water

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

October 10, 11, 12 & 13, 2007.

The Memory of Water

by Shelagh Stephenson

“Accessible, entertaining”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Patricia Lyne


Sheelagh Baker – Vi

Katie Brownings – Mary

Judith Berrill – Teresa

Lyn Fernee – Catherine

David Peaty – Mike

Bob Ryder – Frank


Production Crew

Stage Manager – David Comber

Stage Manager – Richard Bulling

Technical Stage Manager – Helen Brewster

ASM – Olive Smith

Sound Operator – Jonathon Weldon

Lighting Design – Mike Medway

Lighting Technician – Philip Oliver

Props – Sue Whittaker

Props – Margaret Davy

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Dave Collis

Workshop Team – Richard Bulling

Workshop Team – Philip Oliver

Workshop Team – Mark Flower

Painters – Sue Chaplin

Painters – Margaret Davy

Painters – Sheila Neesham

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Anna Barden

Production Photos – Lucien Bouchy

Front of House – Betty Dawes

Box Office – Mark Flower


Programme Note #1: The Memory of Water

The programme carried the following: “Shelagh Stephenson had a successful run of radio plays before her first major stage play, The Memory of Water, in 1996. It subsequently won the Oliver Award for Best Comedy [2002] and was then filmed as Before You Go [2002]. Her follow-up successes include An Experiment with an Air Pump [1998], Ancient Lights [2000] and Mappa Mundi [2002].

The Memory of Water is an absorbing play on many levels, with strong characterisation and sharply observed relationships – and an ability to blend lyrical sadness with wry comedy. An enjoyable running theme is the power which memory has to shape our feelings and our lives – but also the puzzle of how unreliable memory is, with different people remembering the same event in entirely different ways.

Pat Lyne has previously directed the highly praised Wick productions of The Dresser [2003], Blue Remembered Hills [2004], Anorak of Fire [2005] and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell” [2006].