The Memory of Water
|Date||10th June 2016|
|Society||Washington Theatre Group|
|Venue||Washington Arts Centre|
|Type of Production||Play|
Author: Foster Johnson
Washington Theatre Group is all that is good about the amateur theatrical family. A happy and well organised Society where everyone from director through to front of house works tirelessly to provide an enjoyable evening’s entertainment for the audience. There are no egos that need massaging here and it transmits across the footlights.
Their latest production of Shelagh Stephenson’s play The Memory of Water continues the history of fine shows. A comedy interspersed with darker moments it portrays the relationships between of three sisters who are not only coming to terms with the death of their mother as individuals but also how they do so collectively. Add in a husband who is not happy with his working life, an erstwhile lover and oh the ghost of the dead mother who appears at regular intervals to one of the sisters then you have a melting pot of theatrical gold.
The cast consists of six principal roles and there was not a weak performance from anyone of them. They interpreted their roles well and delivered in fine style. Congratulations to Cathy Wood (Vi) Catriona Uren (Teresa) Sarah Clarke (Mary) Angela Marshall (Catherine) Nigel Judson (Mike) and Peter Wilson (Frank)
Of course all this would be for nought if it was not for the imaginative direction from John Appleton who himself should receive the plaudits for this excellent show. Coupled with this was a simple but effective set and sound system which made for a fine evening.