Auditions: The Memory of Water

Performance Dates: May 2019

 

Three estranged sisters meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral. As they attempt to organise the funeral, alternative memories of their childhood wash over them and the secrets of their separate lives are revealed. Laughter and tears, memories fade, blur and persist as the sisters reminisce, watched over by the ghost of the mother to whom they are preparing to say goodbye.

 

AUDITION DETAILS

Auditions for this production will take place on Monday 28th January and Wednesday 30th January 2019. They will take place in the Townley Hall of the Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS from 7.30pm onwards. There is no need to attend both auditions.

Contact the director at kieron@stjohnsplayers.co.uk

CAST REQUIREMENTS

Vi

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 enamoured. She was possibly not the best of mothers, not teaching the daughters of sex or of being a woman, which culminated in Mary becoming a teenage mother. Age - 45

Teresa

Teresa she 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. She met her husband by whittling down responses she received to a singles advert, believing this to be the best way of finding her future partner, but both she and Frank discovered that they were not as they had described themselves. Age - 40s

Mary

Mary is the middle child. Mary is 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. The audience is unsure whether the other sisters are privy to this relationship, as it is hinted that Vi visits all of them. Mary had a child at fourteen that she gave up (named Patrick) and this comes to light later in the play. Her life revolves around creating a memory of him, which she divests into a coma patient suffering from amnesia in which she is treating (imagining that he is Patrick) and if she can wake him she can awaken her own son from their estrangement. Patrick is dead, but Teresa has hidden this news from her sister, as it seems it is the most contentious issue for the family and its upholding of family pride. When Mary discovers Patrick is dead, it proves both healing and problematic for the sisters. Age - 40s

Catherine

Catherine is the youngest sister, and the only sister who does not have a partner, whilst Mary's and Teresa's partners make an appearance at the funeral preparations. Catherine is permanently trying to catch her sisters' attention and feels she was always left out, even in childhood, and even now is unaware of Mary's son. Her sisters remain dismissive of her current romantic attachment, as Catherine changes her lovers regularly, (it is indicated that this is not necessarily her own choice) and is fairly self-obsessed. She enters loaded with shopping bags, and appears to have a limited attention span as her topics of conversation change with alacrity. She offers marijuana to the guests, which Teresa accepts, and indulges in drinking with her sisters; though she seems to be the most rebellious sister, Catherine is the most lively of the three. She has a vivid imagination but is more similar to her siblings than she realises. she seeks attention, claiming that she never had as much as her sisters did growing up. Throughout the play she refers to this often. Age - late 30s/early 40s

Mike

Mike is the doctor with whom Mary has been having a 5-year relationship. 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. Mike has no desire to have a child with Mary, which puts strain on their relationship. Age - 30s/40s

Frank

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. When he tells Teresa he wants to change his career path and open a pub she objects. Age - 30s/40s