Midsummer, Stainforth, a village in South Yorkshire. Trevor, unemployed, spends his days fishing, making floats in his shed, or helping his friend Pogo, who is mentally ill, by making cassette tapes for her. When Trevor's step brother Dave and his friend Shane see a giant carp almost caught in the local ponds, Trevor organizes a Saturday night carp fishing expedition for them all. It turns out to be a summer night none of them will forget.
Pond Life was first performed in 1992 at the Bush Theatre, in association with the Royal National Theatre Studio.