Review by Gerry Cody
Photo: Tom Brett
THERE IS something special about Watergate Productions.
From that eventful night in July 1993, when Watergate Productions took its first breath with Ceól sa Chistin, and after Philip Toibin from South Tipp released the first sounds from his accordion,a standard was set that was never to wane.
On Golden Pond was excellent.
Mary Cradock and Brendan Corcoran carried off their roles with panache and aplomb.
Brendan has appeared in over 30 in-house productions.
How lovely to see Mary Cradock, who has given so much as director, writer and supporter return to the stage.
Although she has not appeared in an acting role for a number of years, Mary has been busy behind the scenes directing the recent Kings of the Kilburn High Road and writing and directing a children’s Christmas show for five years.
Alan Butler, who last appeared with Watergate Productions as in The Field turned in another strong performance.
Those of you who hurling will remember that Dick
O’Hara of Thomastown was one of our outstanding Stripy Men, showing passion and commitment.
His daughter Elaine brings a similar passion to the stage, swapping the toughness and bravery displayed by her dad, with class and charisma.
She is a lady who will Grace our Stage for a long time to come.
It is difficult to believe that Declan Taylor is on his 22nd cap with Watergate Productions. His great talent is always in demand.
It was lovely to see Oisín O’Reilly make his debut.
Well done to Don O’Connor on yet another strong production. As with Steel Magnolias, which he directed last year, this production is a credit to him and his ambition and ability to choose away from the safety net.
That’s his style, and it has benefited the Watergate company profile beyond words.
Finally, yet another stunning set design by John
O’Donohue complemented by a light design from Gerry Taylor.
Costumes by Clare Gibbs and props by Sheelagh Lynch.
Stage crew: Maeve O’Connor, Siobhán Cody, Rachel Madden.
Golden Pond flows again this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.