ON MARCH 22, Watergate Productions present the award-winning drama On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson.
Many will recall the 1981 film starring Henry Fonda, Kathryn Hepburn and Jane Fonda for which the author, Henry Fonda and Kathryn Hepburn all won Academy Awards.
The story of On Golden Pond begins with the arrival of an old, long-married couple Norman (Brendan Corcoran) and Ethel Thayer (Mary Cradock) at the lakeside cottage where they have summered for many years.
Norman is a crotchety, grouchy old professor whose facade conceals his concerns about old age, death and the early stages of dementia.
Ethel is deeply aware of her husbands’ state of mind and body, but she embraces this period of her life in a positive, upbeat manner.
Norman has had issues with his only offspring, Chelsea (Elaine O’Hara) , and when she arrives to spend a few days at the lake with her new fiancé Bill (Alan Butler) and his son Billy (Oisín O’Reilly) the old conflicts quickly resurface.
Chelsea feels that her father has never really given her her dues — he wanted a son, or perhaps he never really understood how to be a father, anyway.
Chelsea tells her parents that she’s spending a month in Europe with Bill, and asks if they could leave the young boy with Norman and Ethel while they are gone.
Despite the cheeky attitude of the young Billy, Norman and the kid grudgingly move toward some kind of communication and trust.
What develops is a story of love and conflict, of family and relationships, that is achingly funny and yet poignant and moving, leading to the realization that life is a precious and fragile thing.
Also featuring is Declan Taylor as the dim-witted but likeable mail-man Charlie.
The play runs in the Watergate Theatre over two weekends from March 22 to 31 and is directed by Don O’Connor,
Booking at the theatre on www.watergatetheatre.com or 056-7761674.