The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water

by Shelagh Stephenson, Steve Lewis
     
 

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Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Comedy

Three sisters meet on the eve of their mother's funeral. As the conflicts of the past converge, everyday lies and tensions reveal the particular patterns and strains of family relationships. This Methuen Student Edition features the full text of the play and an introduction that includes a plot

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Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Comedy

Three sisters meet on the eve of their mother's funeral. As the conflicts of the past converge, everyday lies and tensions reveal the particular patterns and strains of family relationships. This Methuen Student Edition features the full text of the play and an introduction that includes a plot summary.

Editorial Reviews

NY Times
THE MEMORY OF WATER...is dotted with stimulating observations...it has a raw spontaneity that captures perfectly the idea of what normal people do in abnormal times...
NY Daily News
THE MEMORY OF WATER really lives up to the poetry reflected in its title. It also keeps us highly entertained for two hours and leaves us deeply touched in the end.
The Independent
This touching and hugely entertaining comedy provides an insight into the lives of three sisters who are reunited for their mother's funeral. A neurotic maternal type, a paranoid doctor and a brattish youngest sibling recall their childhood, but find that personal grievances have coloured their memories, which differ greatly and cause immense friction
The Telegraph
This is a lovely piece, full of humour and heart...Where the play works best is...in its satisfying mixture of sardonic humour and deep emotion. Excellent jokes give way to festering resentments, booze and dope-fuelled hilarity to sudden glimpses of buried secrets and aching pain.
London Times
Shelagh Stephenson [is] a dramatist with a sharp eye and a gift for quirky dialogue to match.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413776143
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Student Editions Series
Edition description:
Student
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Shelagh Stephenson is an award-winning writer of stage and radio plays. Her most recent work, Enlightenment, premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 2005. Methuen Drama has published a collected edition of the writer's plays: Stephenson Plays: 1.

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