Charlotte Benstead introduces The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson.
What drew you to directing this play?
This is the second time SLT has tackled this darkly funny script and we hope to see some of the original participants coming to see our largely new cast give it its latest outing. I was gripped by the quality of the writing and the depth of the characters that for a comedy, are really rich. I hope audiences fall in love with our 3 sisters as much as I have.
Tell us a bit about the characters we’ll meet and the themes that are explored.
For anyone who has always thought great theatrical stories involve sex and death, this show has both, as well as sibling rivalry, complicated relationships with your parents and explores how everyone has different perspectives and recollections about moments in time. For anyone who has a Mum, a sister, has had an affair, likes health supplements, placed a lonely-hearts ad or read Wuthering heights this show could be for you.
What’s been the biggest challenge directing this production?
The cast and crew have got through the last stages of lockdown with the early rehearsals in visors and being sanitised and lateral flow tested obsessively. For a play with a lot of physicality without going near each other was a challenge. It was a relief to finally start to get to grips with the script and each other (!) when restrictions were eased.
The Memory of Water runs August 24-28.