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Æ Review – The Memory of Water

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LaVerne Hawthorne (Mary), Margaret Fraser, (Teresa),  Caroline Mathison (Catherine); Photo credit www.fourtheye.co.uk

Laverne Hawthorne (Mary), Margaret Fraser, (Teresa), Caroline Mathison (Catherine); Photo credit www.fourtheye.co.uk

By Thom Dibdin
Hill Street Theatre

Emotions ebb and flow with the whisky and the spliffs in Shelagh Stephenson’s brilliant The Memory of Water, which the Actors Kitchen are staging in the upper meeting hall of the Hill Street Theatre until Sunday.

It’s something of a shoestring affair from the small company. Director Adrienne Zitt doubles up as Vi, the woman whose life is at the centre of the whole play, there are a handful of staff and only a couple more than 50 seats around the thrust stage.

But, boy, this is a production which hits the spot. It is warm, energetic, thoroughly tragic and utterly hilarious while it recreates and examines both the divides between children and their parents, and the continuities between the generations. Quite specifically, it uses the baby-boom generation of those born after the Second World War to do so. … Continue reading Æ Review – The Memory of Water