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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

Directed by
Patricia Lyne

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“Accessible, entertaining”
– Shoreham Herald –


Sheelagh Baker – Vi

Katie Brownings – Mary

Judith Berrill – Teresa

Lyn Fernee – Catherine

David Peaty – Mike

Bob Ryder – Frank


Production Crew

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Stage ManagerRichard Bulling

Technical Stage ManagerHelen Brewster

ASMOlive Smith

Sound OperatorJonathon Weldon

Lighting DesignMike Medway

Lighting TechnicianPhilip Oliver

PropsSue Whittaker

PropsMargaret Davy

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamDavid Collis

Workshop TeamRichard Bulling

Workshop TeamPhilip Oliver

Workshop TeamMark Flower

PaintersSue Chaplin

PaintersMargaret Davy

PaintersSheila Neesham

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown

PublicityAnna Barden

Production PhotosLucien Bouchy

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

Box OfficeMark 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].