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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

February 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17, 1979.


A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

by Peter Nicolls

 

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Directed by
George Porter

Cast

Katie Donkin – Joe

David Creedon – Bri

Margaret Ockenden – Sheila

Tim Cara – Freddie

Valerie Burt – Pam

Frances Moulton – Pam

 

Production Crew

Stage Manager – Brian Moulton

Assistant – Margaret Davy

Assistant – Frances Thorne

Lighting – Andrew Theaker

Set Design & Construction – Brian Moulton

Paintings – Vincent Joyce

Front of House – John King

Box Office – Sandie Joyce

Programme Design – Antony Muzzall

Foyer Design – Antony Muzzall

 

Programme Note #1: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

GP wrote: “Bri and Freddie, the two men in this play, went to the same school. the school motto, says Peter Nichols the author, was DUM SPIRO SPERO – ‘While I live I hope’ – and that is what this play is about. Joe Egg is a spastic child of ten .. and this is comedy! Does that make sense?

Brian, the husband, is not reconciled to Sheila’s obsession with Joe. He tries to trick her out of her routine with jokes, play acting and rhetoric – it is all a charade – a way of coping with the unacceptable – he is not without compassion but sees no end to the problem. Sheila endures, joins in with the games; she embraces all living things says Brian but questions his position in the pecking order “between the budgerigar and the stick insect” – what happens to his marriage?

The play acting is hilarious – the pathos of the real situation brings one near to tears – a lovely play and a moving experience.”

 


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