I remember seeing Shelagh Stephenson’s contemporary classic at the Hampstead, when this venue was still an ageing prefab, and enjoying Terry Johnson’s racy staging,
The three sisters in Shelagh Stephenson’s play The Memory of Water – Teresa (Lucy Black), Mary (Laura Rogers) and Catherine (Carolina Main) – have gathered at their mother’s home ahead of her funeral.
Libby Purves is tempted to see The Memory of Water at Hampstead Theatre again, just to feel a more solidly packed audience laughing and gasping around her. That’s how much fun it was.
There are some very good performances of recognisable human dilemmas in Edinburgh Theatre Arts’ production of The Memory of Water at St Ninian’s. Shelagh Stephenson’s dark comedy, about three sisters returning to their late mother’s house to prepare for her funeral, is an effective blend of humour and pathos.