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THE MEMORY OF WATER (article first published : 2003-03-24)

Having held its South African premiere early in March, Greg King’s production of The Memory of Water has been extended due to overwhelming public demand and is now playing an extended return season at the KwaSuka from March 27 until April 5.

The Memory of Water is a seriously-dark, bitter-sweet comedy by one of Britain’s hottest new playwrights - Sheila Stephenson - about three very different sisters brought together for their mother's funeral. (See review on Drama pages)

During their unexpected reunion the three sisters bicker constantly over conflicting memories of their childhoods. Teresa (Liesl Coppin) has fallen into the role of martyred caregiver who resents her sisters for abandoning her mother in the throes of Alzheimer's. She runs a health-food store with her reluctant husband, Frank (Peter Court). Mary (Clare Mortimer) is the classic overachiever, a seemingly pragmatic medical professional involved in a five-year affair with a married man (Greg King). Her dreams of her dead mother (Vera Clare) have become full-blown hallucinations. Olivia Borgen plays Catherine - the prodigal daughter - who gets many of the best lines. She transforms from a drugged-out, self-absorbed ditz to a lonely child, slightly lost and desperate for affection.

The drama is presented by Greg King and his innovative and brave theatre company KickstArt which brought Durban audiences Popcorn, Keely and Du, The Importance of Being Earnest, Private Lives and, most recently, Steel Magnolias. Greg has directed, produced and designed the production.

The Memory of Waterruns at Kwasuka Theatre from March 27 to April 5. Shows Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 with Saturday matinees at 15h00. Tickets half price for the opening performance on March 27 at 20h00. Book through Greg on 083 544 2006 or Computicket on 011 340 8000. There are pensioner, student and block booking discounts. The production is recommended for mature audiences and contains strong language.




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