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THE MEMORY OF WATER (article first published : 2003-02-16)

After their success with Steel Magnolias last year, KickstArt proudly presents another comedy-drama as their first production of 2003, an Olivier Award winner for Best Comedy; The Memory of Water.

Following the death of their mother, three very different and dysfunctional sisters return to their family home to arrange her funeral. Mary (Clare Mortimer) is a doctor, desperate to have a child, and caught up in a relationship with a married man. Teresa (Liesl Coppen) is a health nut who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders, and has a hard time holding her liquor, and Catherine (Olivia Borgen) is a drug-popping party animal who drives her sisters to distraction!

Gathered in their motherís bedroom the day before her funeral, the sisters battle to come to terms with issues of life and death without killing each other. Added to the mix are two of the sistersí men (Peter Court and Greg King) who walk in on a string of hilarious and sometimes uncomfortable situations which prove that you canít choose your family! Their long-suffering, deceased mother (Vera Clare) also makes an appearance in a series of dream-like sequences, and in doing so, reveals a darker side of Maryís childhood.

British playwright Shelagh Stephenson has written a hilarious, sometimes dark and ultimately poignant comedy, which examines the way each of these different characters remembers their pasts, and poses the question: Do our memories make us who we are?

Designed and directed by Greg King, The Memory of Water runs from February 26 to March 22 at Kwasuka Theatre. Performances Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00. Matinees on Saturdays at 15h00. Tickets R60 (R45 pensioner/student concessions.) Block bookings available at R40 a set for 10 or more. Bookings via Greg on 083 544 2006 or at Computicket.




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