Cancelled: Taking the Waters


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Lemony S Puppet Theatre


Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Taking the Waters has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to COVID-19 is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. If you paid via EFTPOS or cash over the counter the Box Office team will be in touch to assist you in receiving your refund. If you purchased online or over the phone, we are in the process of returning your tickets and crediting your card. This will be done automatically, you don’t need to contact us to obtain your refund. Please note, it may take up to 10 business days for the funds to appear in your account depending on your financial provider.

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Event details

‘A moving, resonant and beautifully crafted show.’ ★★★★ THE AGE

Australian singer-songwriter Suzannah Espie and Lemony S. Puppet Theatre explore family love, loss and drama in their critically acclaimed show about the absurdity of life and death.

Three sisters are reunited when Duck, the youngest, learns she is dying, and her older sisters, Maggie and Chook, return to care for her. Old patterns of behaviour play out, old wounds are re-opened and, ultimately, a new reality where three must become two has to be found.

At the heart of the show’s poignant emotional journey is its beautiful musical score. Espie – lauded by The Age for ‘giving voice to unspoken emotion, breaking into songs of lament with mournful clarity’ – expresses through her original songs all that the sisters can’t. Framed as a ‘requiem for the carer’, Taking the Waters delicately weaves together intricate shadow puppetry, live sung voice, bunraku puppets (small human figures) and acting in a work of breathtaking power.


Suzannah Espie Maggie
Fiona Macleod Chook/shadow puppeteer
Tamara Rewse Home care nurse/Duck puppeteer/shadow puppeteer