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The Memory of Water

by Shelagh Stephenson

Director: Brett Turner


In a coastal cottage in the north of England, Mary, Teresa and Catherine gather to prepare for their mother's funeral.  As they confront their shared past, their memories and conflicting recollections of childhood resurface revealing deep-seated rivalries, secrets, and the powerful impact of their mother's presence. 

Stephenson’s memorable drama/comedy won the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. 

Warnings: This play has occasional coarse language.

Season Dates:
17 April – 4 May 2024

Audition Dates:

Sun 11th February starting at 12:30pm 
Mon 12th February starting at 7pm 


Audition Venue: Williamstown Little Theatre, 2-4 Albert St Williamstown

Characters Descriptions:

Please note ages are only a guide. All female roles smoke (herbal only).

Vi : Mid 40’s. Mother of the sisters, appears only with Mary. Very stylish 60’s dress sense. Chats with Mary, still dispenses advice.

Mary: 45. Doctor, possibly alcoholic, tries to control situations. Having an affair with a married man. Talks to her mum. Carries a secret.

Teresa: 43. Organised, runs a health supplement company. Trying to keep things together while arranging the funeral. Does not feel like she’s supported by her sisters.

Catherine: 41. Always spoken down to by her sisters, constantly feels victimized by people, hypochondriac. Self-medicates.

Mike : Mid 50’s. Doctor. Having an affair with Mary, married with children, tries to keep the peace.

Frank : Late 40’s. Married to Teresa, travelling salesman, hates his job, feels boxed in by life. Possibly feels under the thumb.

Audition Enquiries Contact: Brett Turner –

Auditions are by appointment only. Please contact the Director through his email for enquiries and to arrange an audition. 


Williamstown Little Theatre has a COVID SAFE PLAN that will apply through auditions, rehearsals and performances. 

  • Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms, are required to be in isolation or have tested positive to COVID 19 either via PCR or RAT within the previous 7 days.

  • We recommend that you wear a mask while indoors except for during your actual audition.

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