Carabooda resident ready for role in The Memory of Water


Michelle Varley, Jennifer McGrath and Anastatia Ward.
Michelle Varley, Jennifer McGrath and Anastatia Ward.

CARABOODA resident Michelle Varley will play one of three sisters in Playlovers’ production, The Memory of Water.

Varley will play Mary, the middle sister, in this larger than life and slightly mad study into human nature and the power of the past, written by Shelagh Stephenson.

The Memory of Water tells the story of three estranged sisters who come together on the eve of their mother’s funeral to argue and misremember her and their childhood.

As they attempt to organise the funeral, the secrets of their separate lives are revealed

“It’s a play that everyone can relate to in some way because it covers so many different facets of relationships,” Varley said.

“There is something for everyone, encouraging the audience to feel, laughter, pain, frustration and sadness – sometimes all in the same scene.”

Varley grew up in Hertfordshire in England and came to live in WA in 1997 with her husband, settling on a small holding in Carabooda.

“Now that my four children are a little older, I have been able to revisit my love for the theatre and have been involved in a few performances including Calendar Girls, Pride and Prejudice, Speaking in Tongues and Tinder Hearts at last year’s Fringe Festival,” she said.

The Memory of Water performances are at 8pm except on July 24, when there will be a high tea at 5pm, before the show.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: The Memory of Water

Who: Playlovers

When: 8pm on July 15, 16, 21-24, 28-30

Where: Hacket Hall, Draper Street, Floreat

Tickets: $20 full, $15 concession

Book: www.playlovers.org.au.