Wyong’s first production of the year is The Memory of Water directed by Ron Baker. Ron has a history of staging plays that are interesting and exceptional, and frequently favours those that are genuinely funny and entertaining while providing a searching examination of very real human situations. The Memory of Water follows that tradition.
This play, written by the Laurence Olivier Award winning playwright Shelagh Stephenson, is the story of three sisters brought together for the funeral of their recently departed mother. As they compare memories, they are individually and collectively forced to confront their grief, and examine their lives in the wake of their loss. The play provides an intelligent exploration of the nature of memory and perspective, but never loses sight of the absurdity, hilarity and drama inherent in the family dynamic.
Ron continues to cast a combination of Wyong’s veteran actors and talented newcomers. Jessica MacKillop, in her second role with WDG, proves a valuable addition to the group in her performance as the frenetic youngest daughter, Catherine. Sally Bartley, now firmly establishing herself as a WDG regular, plays the superficially confident but deeply troubled Mary. Stalwarts Ruth Jordan and Julie Bailey respectively play the controlling (and occasionally hysterical) eldest sister and the mother who haunts her daughters’ memories. The familiar faces of Duncan Mitchell and Marc Calwell provide support as the men in the lives of these women, who have to negotiate the chaos and conflict occasioned by their meeting. Fine performances from each member of the cast bring complete authenticity to these complex and contrasting characters, fully engaging the audience with both the poignancy and humour of their lives and relationships.
The Memory of Water continues this weekend. Bookings – online @ http://www.wyongdramagroup.com.au or phone the booking helpline 4353 4353
[Images courtesy of WDG publicity]