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Winter Production 2023 Announcement: ‘The Memory of Water’ by Shelagh Stephenson

Well, another term, another production!

After much hard work by our readers group and healthy amount of deliberation, we can reveal that No Drama Theatre’s Winter production for 2023 is……

The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson (Directed by Jacqueline Carroll)

This comedic tour de force is about life and loss, identity, disconnection, self-deception, and isolation and of course, love.

We will have much to share with you over the upcoming weeks, including audition dates, and how YOU can apply to assist us in a variety of behind the scenes roles (including assistant directing and production managing, if that tickles your fancy) but first, a word from our Director :


“Water has memory. Depending on how you treat it, what kind of thoughts and emotions you generate, accordingly it behaves in your body”.

I’m so proud and excited to be directing the Winter production – a heartfelt thanks to the No Drama Committee for giving me the gig, and Dave McGowan/ Dan McCormack for their guidance over the last year .. It’s a real honour and there’s nowhere else I’d rather make my directorial theatre debut than with this lovely group and in the fantastic venue of the Boys School in Smock Alley. I’ve had the best of times working on our last two very successful productions, Dracula and The Real Inspector Hound as Production Manager and Assistant Director, respectively.

The Memory of Water is a tragicomedy, I came across this little bittersweet gem of a play a short while ago and fell in love with it instantly. I was pulled in by the darkly comic humour, pathos, and extremely well written characters. Shelagh Stephenson has a fantastic ear for pithy and natural dialogue and the ability to tap into family interactions and show them truthfully. The whole thing just zips along with lots of great one liners and is incredibly well observed in terms of capturing the intimacy and dynamics of a newly bereaved family

This is an absolute cracker of a play and I can’t wait to get stuck into planning, casting, and rehearsals! There are really meaty roles in this piece – riches abound for the prospective cast…

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