Director Simon Evans revives Joe Egg, bringing a new production of the ground-breaking play to the Trafalgar Studios.TV stars Toby Stephens (Lost in Space) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) return to the stage to play struggling parents Bri and Sheila. It will be a reunion of sorts for two actors, who last worked together 18 years ago in BBC drama Perfect Strangers.
'I'm thrilled to be part of a revival of this fantastic play,' says Stephens. 'Reading it for the first time, I couldn’t believe that it had been written in the late sixties; it felt so vivid, dark and anarchically funny. The play still feels very raw and relevant.'
Disability may not seem a natural launchpad for laughter, but Nichols tackles the subject with sharp honesty and bitterly dark comedy. 10-year-old Josephine, or 'Joe Egg' as she is nicknamed, was born with severe physical and cognitive handicaps. Her parents have been struggling to reconcile their own needs with the demands of caring for Joe. We see them slip through fantasy and farce as a means of coping.
The issues that propel the drama are just as powerful as they were in the 1960s and it will be interesting to see how the challnges and daily realities of being a carer play out in 2019.
|What||A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Trafalgar Studios|
|Where||Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
21 Sep 19 – 30 Nov 19, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|