the memory of water

The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson, directed by Kate Spencer, has been performed four times already between the 11th of April and the 14th of April. A further 4 shows will commence every night from the 18th of April until the 21st. Performances begin at 8 pm each night and are presented by Kapiti Playhouse.

Bookings can be made at Coastlands or purchased online from Ticket Direct. Tickets cost $22 for Adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for members. Group bookings (10+) can be made for $20.


The Memory of Water won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2000. Described as “a wise and witty comedy”, the show is about:

“Estranged sisters; Teresa, Mary and Catherine, meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral after years of estrangement. How will the sisters deal with this? Can they find a way to live with the past? Can they agree on the events of the past? As they prepare the funeral arrangements, memories of childhood are hotly disputed as the secrets of long past events are raked over.

Each sister has a different memory of the same events! Their lives are eventually laid bare when long hidden lies, wounds, and betrayals are exposed. Theresa, owner of an alternative therapy business, is angry that she was left to care for their dying mother. Mary, a doctor, is still struggling with a deep loss from her past. Catherine seeks attention through a succession of short-term partners.

Emotional bruises of childhood emerge as half remembered events are revisited and seen through three quite different perspectives. Meantime, the ghost of their mother is watching and listening to the proceedings. Can this family be reconciled and if so how?”

Make sure to book your tickets now so you don’t miss out.



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