Grumpy old man

Grumpy old man
ON THE SHORES OF GOLDEN POND: For the past 48 years! Photo credit Javea Players

WHAT could be more pleasant than holidaying on the shores of Golden Pond, New England as cantankerous retiree Norman Thayer and his conciliatory wife Ethel have done for the past 48 years?

Only this year, their adult daughter Chelsea visits with her new fiancee and his teenage son, Billy – partly to celebrate Norman’s birthday, but mainly because they want to leave Billy there, in order to holiday alone in Europe.

Norman is grumpy at the best of times, fearful he’s losing his faculties, so he’s not best pleased at having his holiday disrupted, having to entertain a child – he’s never really got on with children.

Loving wife Ethel understands and compensates for her husband’s weaknesses: she gives subtle guidance, is the caregiver and confidence booster: Dulcinea to his Don Quijote!

When Chelsea returns from Europe, she’s envious of Billy’s relationship with her father, who share a warmth she never had, but now tries to capture before it’s too late.

Fiancé Charlie, the postman and telephone operator all play their part in the denouement of the plot which revolves around long-lost youth and facing one’s mortality.

Despite that, there are some very funny moments, not least the decision as to whether Chelsea and her fiancé should be allowed to sleep together under Norman’s roof.

Javea Players’ next production ‘On Golden Pond’ will run from Tuesday November 7 to Saturday November 11 at 8.00pm each evening at the Union Musical de Gata.

Tickets cost €12.50 and can be purchased via

Group bookings of 10 or more will be offered a free drink in place of the previous discount.
For more information or assistance, get in touch – 865 528 551 /

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