Bri is having a bad day…. his class is out of control, his wife Sheila seems more interested in the cats and the pot plants than she does in him – and Joe Egg is due back from day nursery at any minute…
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is a ground-breaking masterpiece of black comedy which is one of the great plays of modern British theatre. Eddie Izzard, Alan Bates, Miles Jupp, Jim Dale, Joan Hickson and Miriam Margolyes have all starred in hugely popular versions since it premiered in 1967. Bri and Sheila are a team: he cracks jokes, she looks after everyone. But Joe Egg is not an easy child, and Bri and Sheila’s best may not be good enough.
This wickedly funny comedy is a highly theatrical, hilarious and heartbreaking look at the love that brings people together and the strains that pull them apart.
One of the most original, perceptive and brilliant plays by any modern dramatist.’: Evening Times, 1967
‘A blazingly original cocktail of styles.‘: Guardian, 2013
The Gallery Players have assembled a talented cast of both new and familiar faces to bring this exceptional piece of theatre to the stage: Jo Lewis, a former Suffolk Youth Theatre and Gallery performer has returned to the area after studying acting in London; she and Jo Raishbrook, making his first appearance for Gallery, are Sheila and Brian. Margaret Mudd (The Bakers Wife, Billy) is Bri’s overbearing mother Grace. Emilia Petryszyn (Galileo) and Liam Gregory (History Boys) play their well-meaning friends Pam and Freddie, and 13-year-old Beatrice Carpenter makes her Gallery debut as Joe Egg. Helen Clarke (A Man of No Importance, Galileo) directs.
Highly controversial at the time and as fresh and relevant today as it was then, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is a play which will linger in your mind long after you have left the theatre. Don’t miss out on this witty, unsentimental and thought-provoking portrait of a family handed more than most of us can imagine.