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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

Directed by
George Porter

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“Compelling evening’s entertainment”
– Shoreham Herald –


Katie Donkin – Joe

David Creedon – Bri

Margaret Ockenden – Sheila

Tim Cara – Freddie

Valerie Burt – Pam

Frances Moulton – Pam


Production Crew

Stage ManagerBrian Moulton

AssistantMargaret Davy

AssistantFrances Thorne

LightingAndrew Theaker

Set Design & ConstructionBrian Moulton

PaintingsVincent Joyce

Front of HouseJohn King

Box OfficeSandie Joyce

Programme DesignAntony Muzzall

Foyer DesignAntony 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.”