The Memory of Water

Date 10th June 2016
Society Washington Theatre Group
Venue Washington Arts Centre
Type of Production Play
Director John Appleton

Report

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.