A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Originally performed and published in the United States as 'Joe Egg'by Peter Nichols
A brilliantly written, deeply moving play about the problems of a young couple with a spastic daughter.
This brilliantly written, deeply moving play about the problems of a young couple with a spastic daughter – the “Joe Egg” of the title – was described by Ronald Bryden in The Observer (London) as a “Remarkable play about a nightmare all women must have dreamed at some time, and most men: living with a child born so hopelessly crippled as to be, as the father in it says brutally, “a human parsnip.” For all that, it has to be described as a comedy, one of the funniest and most touching I’ve seen. The bridge between its form and content is a simple but brilliant stroke of theatre. Over the years, the author implies, explaining to others how one lives with such a situation becomes a kind of set party piece. This, savagely exaggerated, is what he has written – a recital, interspersed with jazz, imitations and tap-dances, about life with Joe Egg.”