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Open Auditions: The Memory of Water
24 September, 2017 @ 16:00 to 18:00
by Shelagh Stephenson | directed by Wayne Sheridan
Monday, 5th – Saturday, 12th February, 8pm
** Please only audition if you can make all performance dates **
Auditions: Sunday 24 September @ 4pm, Tuesday 26 September @ 7.30pm
The Memory of Water is a comedy drama written by English playwright Shelagh Stephenson, first staged at Hampstead Theatre in 1996. It won the Olivier award for Best Comedy in 2000. Three sisters; Teresa, Mary and Catherine, come together before their mother’s funeral, each haunted by their own demons. The play focuses on how each sister deals with the bereavement. The three each have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true. As the three women get together after years of separation, all their hidden lies and self-betrayals are about to reach the surface.
Rehearsals will take place on Sundays (4pm-6pm) and during the week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (7pm -9.30pm).
These will be subject to change depending on the cast – a full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play is cast.
Vi – Female 40-60ish
Vi is the mother of the three sisters and whose funeral they are together for. She was a glamorous woman when younger, with whom all the men of the village were enamoured. She was not the best of mothers, and did not teach the daughters of sex or of being a woman. She appears to Mary as a Ghost.
Mary – Female 30s
Mary is the middle sister and a doctor whose five-year affair with Mike, a married doctor, is starting to show strain. She experiences a series of interactions with her mother’s ghost, whereupon she discusses memory and their relationship.
Teresa – Female 40-ish
Teresa is the eldest sister and an unhappy housewife, who runs a health food supplement store with her husband Frank, and who feels she has had to keep the family together for years. She assumes much of the responsibility for the funeral arrangements and her mother’s care once deterioration into Alzheimer’s commences. It is clear that she feels both resentful and protective of her younger siblings
Catherine – Female Late 20s/Early 30s
Catherine is the youngest sister, and the only sister who does not have a spouse. Catherine is permanently trying to catch her sisters’ attention and feels she was always left out.
Mike – Male 25-45
Mike is the doctor with whom Mary has been having a 5 year relationship with. He has told Mary that his wife has ME, but during the play Mary finds a picture in a magazine of his wife in perfect health.
Frank – Male 25-45
Frank is Teresa’s husband and runs the health food supplement store with her. He isn’t satisfied by doing a job which he doesn’t believe in nor care about.
If you would like a copy of the script, or need further information, then please email Wayne on email@example.com
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