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Memory of water doing the rounds

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

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A BIG-hearted and bittersweet show, the Memory of Water, is coming the to New Vic Theatre next month.

Directed by Nikolai Foster, Shelagh Stephenson’s award-winning snapshot of family life is due to be on at the theatre-in-the-round in Newcastle-Under-Lyme from Friday, March 7 until Saturday, March 22.

The show is stopping in at Ashbourne’s nearest in-the-round venue before touring to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre from Wednesday, March 26 until Saturday, April 5.

First staged at Hampstead Theatre in 1996, The Memory of Water mixes hilarity and regret in a moving look at families and childhood memory.

It won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2000 and was voted UK Play of the Year in 2001.

Bossy big-sister Teresa, over-achieving Mary and attention-seeking Catherine are three grown-up sisters with a history of not getting on.

When they gather at the family home on the Yorkshire coast, it’s not long before a storm is brewing.

Critics describe it as a funny, angry and awkward reunion haunted by their glamorous mother. Childhood conflicts re-emerge, memories collide, and the secrets of their separate lives are finally revealed.

Director Nikolai Foster heads to the New Vic on the back of directing The Dishwashers at the Birmingham Rep and The Jungle Book at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

The cast features Lynn Farleigh (EastEnders, BBC; Vera, ITV; Great Expectations, Watford Palace Theatre and tour), Caroline Langrishe (The Handyman, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre; Hay Fever, Chichester Festival Theatre; Lovejoy, BBC), Paul Opacic (The Comedy of Errors, English Shakespeare Company; Hollyoaks, Lime Pictures; Bad Girls, ITV), Steven Pinder (Keeping up Appearances, UK tour; Brookside, Channel 4), Mary-Jo Randle (Da Vinci’s Demons, BBC; Monster, Royal Exchange Theatre) and Amanda Ryan (Notes to Future Self, Birmingham Rep; The Astronaut’s Chair, Drum Theatre, Plymouth; Casualty, BBC).

The Memory of Water runs at the New Vic from Friday 7 to Saturday 22 March. Tickets, priced from £12 to £21 are available by calling 01782 717962 or visiting at www.newvictheatre.org.uk.

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