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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

 

Date:

Saturday 27 May 2017, 2:30pm

Location:

The Garage, Norwich

Event Category:

Performances, Normal

Ticket Price:

£12 / £8 / £5

Friday 26 May, 7.30pm

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

The Garage, 4 Chapelfield North, Norwich, NR2 1NY

Josephine has been severely disabled from birth and is confined to a wheelchair. Her mother Sheila still lives in hope, and dreams of the day Joe might be cured; her schoolteacher father Bri appears to have given up, and hides his despair behind increasingly bleak and non-PC jokes. The couple walk a daily tightrope, as they struggle to maintain their affection for each other while caring full-time for Joe.

Well meaning but ignorant family and friends interfere - the results of the interference pushing the couple towards fracture, chaos and an action which none of them may ever recover from.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is a very funny black comedy, yet it manages to walk the tightrope between humour and heartbreak; with it, Nichols manages to confront taboo subjects such as children with disabilities and euthanasia, yet does so in a way that makes one laugh. Watching the play one feels torn between laughter and guilt - but above all, one comes away glad tha the courageous questions have been asked, even if answers are yet to be found.

Written in 1967, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg expresses language and sentiments that make modern audiences flinch. Goblin Market Theatre is re-visiting the play in conjunction with The Hamlet Chentre Norwich, to ask: how far have attitudes towards the disabled come since the place was written? Are care systems in place to prevent Sheila and Bri's predicament happening today?

Ticket prices: £12 / £8 concessions / groups of 9+ £5 per ticket.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Garage website or call the box office on 01603 598646.