THE MEMORY OF WATER
Producer/Director Mark Jones
Assistant Director Sarah Rosental
Auditions Sunday 7th August 2011 - 1pm, Chorley Little Theatre
Mon 17-Sat 22 October 2011 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre
Sundays (1pm-5pm); and Tuesdays (7.30-10pm) – other rehearsals may be added should they be needed - a full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.
The Memory of Water is a comedy drama written by English playwright Shelagh Stephenson, first staged at Hampstead Theatre in 1996. It won the Olivier award for best comedy in 2000. Three sisters; Teresa, Mary and Catherine, come together before their mother's funeral, each haunted by their own demons. The play focuses on how each sister deals with the bereavement. The three each have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true. As the three women get together after years of separation, all their hidden lies and self-betrayals are about to reach the surface.
This CADOS production
This play will require very strong acting skills – both dramatic and comic. The central three sisters have a lot of lines and monologues.
This will be Mark’s 7th production for CADOS, following on from Oliver Twist (2011), Blood Brothers (2010), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007), Amadeus, Half a Sixpence (both 2005) and Great Expectations (2004).
The Auditions - Interested?
No preparation in advance of the audition is required. Audition pieces will be issued on the day. Please attend the auditions on Sunday 7th August 2011 – at 1pm at Chorley Little Theatre.
|Vi||F||40-60ish||Vi is the mother of the three sisters and whose funeral they are together for. She was a glamorous woman when younger, with whom all the men of the village were enamored. She was not the best of mothers, and did not teach the daughters of sex or of being a woman. She appears to Mary as a Ghost.
|Mary||F||30s||Mary is the middle sister and a doctor whose five-year affair with Mike, a married doctor, is starting to show strain. She experiences a series of interactions with her mother's ghost, whereupon she discusses memory and their relationship.|
|Teresa||F||40-ish||Teresa is the eldest sister and an unhappy housewife, who runs a health food supplement store with her husband Frank, and who feels she has had to keep the family together for years. She assumes much of the responsibility for the funeral arrangements and her mother's care once deterioration into Alzheimer's commences. It is clear that she feels both resentful and protective of her younger siblings
|Catherine||F||Late 20s/Early 30s||Catherine is the youngest sister, and the only sister who does not have a spouse. Catherine is permanently trying to catch her sisters' attention and feels she was always left out.|
|Mike||M||25-45||Mike is the doctor with whom Mary has been having a 5 year relationship with. He has told Mary that his wife has ME, but during the play Mary finds a picture in a magazine of his wife in perfect health.
|Frank||M||25-45||Frank is Teresa's husband and runs the health food supplement store with her. He isn't satisfied by doing a job which he doesn't believe in nor care about.|
If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact Mark (07877111248)
Exclusive interview with Dave Gorman, ahead of his SOLD OUT show here on 29th September.
How are you feeling about doing your first visit to Chorley Little Theatre?
It's a warm up gig for a big tour - which basically means that I hope I have all the material in the right order but I just won't know it inside out and backwards yet. There's no getting away from the fact that when you do a show twenty times running you learn your way around the content in a way that you simply can't for the first one, two, three nights.
But smaller venues have a different, more personal atmosphere and they're always fun to play. I've never been before but there's something about the name that makes me think this will be a little theatre so I'm looking forward to that.
How does doing stand up make you feel (when it goes right and when it goes wrong)?
In both cases it makes you feel alive. People who don't actually go to see stand-up seem to have an image of it as a combative medium. I think popular fiction encourages the idea that stand-ups are there to deal with drunk hecklers and control an inattentive rabble. It isn't like that at all. Comedians sometimes encourage this mythology themselves, perhaps because it makes them feel heroic... so the language that's grown up around it is oddly aggressive. Comics "kill" "die" which implies that there's a winner. If you kill, who did you kill? Did the audience lose? If you die, did the audience win? I don't get it. The truth is that in almost every show the audience want to be entertained and everyone - performers and audience - "wins". It's actually collaborative not combative. We're all in it together. We all have a good time or we don't. (We will)
Which do you prefer, stand up or writing, or both and why?
It's all the same thing. Stand-up is an extension of writing. It exercises the same muscles. There's an old fashioned world where stand-ups weren't writers themselves, they were tellers-of-gags, but these days pretty much every stand-up is a writer.
Who makes you laugh or inspires you at the moment?
They're separate questions, surely. I can't think about "at the moment"... it feels like a question for a musician. I think the idea of influence in comedy is different to influence in music. If you ask a band "who are you listening to, who inspires you at the moment" it sort of means, "what sound is influencing the sounds you make?" In comedy the people who inspire me are people who've found their own voice. If you try to do it their way, you're missing the point. The point is to find your own way. Lots of people make me laugh. John Hegley. Stephen Fry. Martin White. Danielle Ward. Robin Ince. Nancy Banks Smith. Danny Baker. Eric Morecambe. Tommy Cooper. Jacques Tati. James Acaster. Ed Gamble. Stewart Lee. Richard Herring. Lee Mack. The list is endless. I hope none of them influence what I do.
What was the last show/gig you went to see?
I saw Ghost Stories starring Andy Nyman yesterday. Ace.
What do you prefer, very small intimate venues or bigger places?
I like both. They're different. But intimate is definitely good. But some big venues do feel kind of intimate. I know 500 seat venues that feel like aircraft hangers and some 2000 seat venues that feel really intimate. It's about more than numbers. But really small venues... they always feel intimate.
If you were a theatrical character who would you be?
I am a theatrical character. I'd be me.
What do you like to do to relax?
Crosswords. Cycling. Photography. Stand Up.
What's next in the pipeline?
The tour. I can't think much further ahead than that!
Interview by Denise Kasperkiewicz
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We're delighted to announce the new season of plays from Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (CADOS), which has been put together by new Artistic Chairman Mark Jones.
It's a great mix of comedy and drama that we're sure will hit all the right emotions.
The season opens with Funny Money, a traditional farce directed by Barbara Wilcox with her usual panache. It's followed by The Memory of Water, a drama (with very funny moments) directed by Mark Jones. These will be the first CADOS productions of these plays.
Two long-time CADOS Members make their directing debuts this season. Chairman Ian Robinson will be in charge of the Pantomime, which this year is Robin Hood. It's going to be a traditional, joke-packed romp for the whole family! In April, technician Paul Carr directs the black comedy Arsenic & Old Lace, having directed Pantos for Brindle Players for several years.
The first play of 2012 will be directed by Wyn Tootell, straight from her sell-out show this year. Blithe Spirit is an old favourite, and we're ready for the technological challange.
Guys & Dolls rounds off the season, and it's the first CADOS musical for three years. The tales of New York gangsters and their women are brought to life by Sean Duxbury.
Group Booking is now open for all these shows, and go on general sale on 23rd July (or at the CADOS AGM on 22nd July). Funny Money is on sale now!
2012 and Beyond...
September 2012 sees the Amateur Premiere of Calendar Girls, and tickets are on sale soon. After that... who knows? We're keen to hear you suggestions (or even your submissions) - let us know what you'd like to see, or if you'd like to be involved.
We're also launching "studio plays" - smaller, more challenging works that expand our range and give our members more chances to perform/produce. If you've got a better name than "Studio Play" we'd also like to hear from you!
When you pop down to the theatre next week to see Oliver Twist, you may see more scaffolding on the building - but don't worry, everything's running as normal inside. This is just more work to improve the behind-the-scenes areas.
During the rebuilding work which started in March 2009 we created several new rooms and have filled all available space but the unexpected consequence was finding even more leaks and cracks we didn't know we had. So they're all being fixed, and at the moment we're mending the roof above the wardrobe area.
Hopefully by the AGM we'll be able to open up and show people all the work that's been done. But, for now, it's business as usual!
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