Shelagh Stephenson's first play for the stage The Memory Of Water was produced at Hampstead Theatre in 1996, directed by Terry Johnson. In 1997 An Experiment With An Air Pump won the Peggy Ramsay Awar d was produced at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. In Oct 1998 the play transferred to Hampstead Thea tre, starring Barbara Flynn. The Memory Of Water played at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York and si multaneously toured the south of England, subsequently coming into the West End. In 2000 it won an O livier Award for Best New Comedy and has been produced worldwide. Shelagh's stage adaptation of her radio play Five Kinds Of Silence played at the Hammersmith Lyric May-July 2000. Ancient Lights for H ampstead Theatre opened Dec '00. Her most recent play Mappa Mundi was produced in the Cottesloe, Nat ional Theatre in Autumn 02, directed by Bill Alexander and starring Alun Armstrong and Lia Williams.