Greystones Players: The Memory of Water

Greystones Players is delighted to present its first stage production since December 2019. The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson, at the Whale Theatre between 9 and 12 June (inclusive), will tick all the boxes for a drama-hungry audience! Directed by Aideen Walton, this award-winning darkly comedic rollercoaster of a play about the nature of grief, memory and familial relationships is a must-see for theatre lovers. First produced in 1996, Stephenson’s play won the Lawrence Olivier award for best new comedy in 2000, and it has stood the test of time, proving a firm favourite with theatre goers.

The story revolves around three very different and fractious sisters gathering on the eve of their mother Vi’s funeral in the family home. They clash when sharing recollections not only of their individual childhood experiences but of their parents and are unable to agree on what is actually true. Their deceased parents continue to loom large in their daughters’ lives, and the play explores the impact that their emotionally unavailable father and conventional but frustrated mother have had on each. Barely contained sibling rivalries and resentments rise to the surface and hidden feelings are exposed, both among the sisters and between them and their respective partners.

While the themes of grief, trauma and memory are explored, Stephenson’s magnificently crafted humour and wit interweave throughout, never allowing us to dwell too long out of our comfort zone. The Memory of Water is at its best when comedy and tragedy blend together, highlighting the terrible yet funny things you really shouldn’t do but can’t help laughing about in grief.

* This play includes adult themes and language and is not recommended for under-16s.

‘A play that will leave its own traces in your mind’


‘Blessedly and mercurially funny…Stephenson combines a flair for witty dialogue with a relish for the dynamics of theatre…a mistress of comic anguish.’



Niamh Clancy – Vi

Georgina Lawless – Mary

Ciara Kelly – Teresa

Miranda Egan-Langley – Catherine

Eoin O’Mahony – Mike

Donagh Noone – Frank

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