Peter Nichols’ funny and moving masterpiece, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, is the extraordinary play inspired by the author’s own experience of raising his daughter.
Peter Nichols’ funny and moving masterpiece, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, is the extraordinary play inspired by the author’s own experience of raising his daughter. A story about family, it shines a light on her parents’ caring for their disabled daughter, affectionately nicknamed Joe Egg, and how they live using wild wry humour to keep the family together.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is a 1967 play by the English playwright Peter Nichols, first staged at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, before transferring to the Comedy Theatre in London's West End. The play centres on a British couple, Bri and Sheila, who are struggling to save their marriage whilst trying to raise their only child, a small girl named Josephine, who suffers with cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair and is unable to communicate.
It is 52 years since Peter Nichols’s debut play arrived in the West End and caused a sensation. The first half of Nichols’s play, in which we see parents Bri and Sheila adopting various defence mechanisms to cope with the situation, now arouses only fitful laughter. Here was a young dramatist making a moving comedy out of a taboo subject: the strains on a marriage of bringing up a severely disabled child. The couple engage in various forms of roleplay, with Bri sending up the deficiencies of the medical and clerical professions and memorably describing God as a sort of manic-depressive rugby footballer.
Start by marking A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg: A. .Published February 13th 2015 by Samuel French (first published 1967). Nottingham Playhouse a couple of years ago. I'm a big fan of Peter Nichols.
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Samuel French Ltd. Book Format. A brilliant play on the difficulties of a marriage when the child is born disabled, in this case, severely disabled. The parents joke and role-play to deal with the pain, but the pain has become the defining feature of their marriage. The crisis comes when the wife brings home two friends from her rehearsal at the local theatre company, and the husband's mother drops by unannounced. The father has dreams of euthanasia, which horrify most of those around him.
Written in 1967, by Peter Nichols Joe Egg is a ground-breaking play that has lost none of its capacity to disconcert
Written in 1967, by Peter Nichols Joe Egg is a ground-breaking play that has lost none of its capacity to disconcert. A brilliant, heartbreaking and comic drama about a couple's relationship as parents of a profoundly mentally disabled child, it is a modern classic. Adapted By: Producer/Director Pauline Harris. Brian: Christopher Eccleston Sheila: Kaye Wragg Joe: Pam Julia Chloe Pabst-Bohan Pam: Julia Rounthwaite Freddie: Michael Maloney Grace: Lynda Baron. Drama on 3: BBC Radio 3, 3 July 2005 1. 0.
Peter Nichols in 1974. He resisted critical attempts to sum up his work, saying his aim was always to be an intelligent entertainer. Paul Hosefros/The New York Times. Peter Nichols, the British dramatist whose first and most frequently revived play, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, startled and moved London and Broadway audiences of the 1960s by telling the story of a brain-damaged child’s brief life in a darkly comic style that would become his signature, died on Saturday in Oxford, England. He was 92. His death was announced on Twitter by the agency Alan Brodie Representation.
Playwright Peter Nichols, known for writing comedy plays such as A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, has passed . Upon his return, he acted in repertory theatre and television for several years, before turning to teaching in London.
Playwright Peter Nichols, known for writing comedy plays such as A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, has passed away aged 92. In a statement issued by his agent, it was announced that Nichols passed away peacefully on Saturday morning in Oxford with his wife Thelma by his bedside. Born in Bristol in 1927, Nichols studied at Bristol Grammar School and Old Vic Theatre School, before leaving for National Service in India, Malaya and Hong Kong.