On Golden Pond - 2014
"On Golden Pond" - Wins Five BDDF Awards.
Congratulations to Robbie Crisp and her team for winning such
a massive haul of awards in the BDDF Awards ceremony on
Saturday 14th June. They were nominated for a total of eleven
awards overall and won five.
Best Young Actor - George Rowlands (jointly)
Best Actress - Val Golding
Best Actor - Mike Crisp
Best Director - Robbie Crisp
Best All Round Production - On Golden Pond
On Golden Pond
Having been a member of PBTC since 1976 (yes, I AM that old, can’t pretend I joined as a junior member either), I had some success on stage, and made some gloriously awful bloomers as well, which hopefully nobody remembers any more (unfortunately, I do!).
I didn’t feel confident enough to direct a play until fairly recently, however, and discovered that all the experience I had gained on stage over the years was tremendously helpful. I am discovering new things and learning all the time; and I love the challenges that directing brings.
I firmly believe it isn’t enough for actors to succeed in their efforts to bring a character to life by simply learning the lines and the moves. I try and help the actors explore what motivates their character, why it is they say and do certain things. What their back story is and how they react to other characters in the play and why. I always try and do some rôle play and improvisations. It all helps to deepen the actors understanding of their character.
I was enormously lucky to have such a talented and dedicated cast for On Golden Pond and their ideas and contributions helped in so many ways when deciding what worked, and what didn’t. Mind you it did feel a bit odd telling my husband to kiss my friend as if he really meant it (and deciding how long the kiss should last)!!!
May I take a moment to give heartfelt thanks to Colin Smale who with his team of Bryan Hamshere and many others worked so hard and gave so generously of their time, going above and beyond the call of duty in their efforts to create the beautiful Thayer summer home.
I was so thrilled by Colin’s wonderful evocation of the lake that with Cameron’s lighting skills took us through morning to evening in a completely glorious and authentic way. Deep gratitude also to Jackie West who not only took on the task of Production Secretary but also Props and set dressing, (and always with a cheery smile), and her team who helped during the week of the show. What a bonus that lady was to me.
To everyone who contributed to this production; all the applause and accolades I and the cast received is thanks to them.
The outcome was everything I could have dreamed it would be; and to come home from the Barnet and District Drama Awards with eleven nominations and five silver trophies was one of the proudest moments of my life.
Ethel and Norman Thayer return to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 44th year. Norman is a retired professor with heart palpitations and a failing memory, but he is still as sharp and eager for life as ever. Ethel delights in all the small things that have enriched their long lives together. When their middle aged daughter Chelsea arrives with her new fiance, they bring with them his teenage son, who stays behind whilst they go off to visit Europe. The boy quickly becomes the 'grandchild' the elderly couple have longed for, but as the summer wanes so does their brief idyll. Norman and Ethel know time is against them, but the years have been good, and perhaps another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.
Norman Thayer - Mike Crisp
Ethel Thayer - Val Golding
Chelsea Thayer - Christine Le Coulliard
Billy Ray Jnr - George Rowlands
Bill Ray - Paul Large
Charlie - Bryan Hewitt