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A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This play is about the nightmare all parents must have dreamed of at some time, that of living with a child born so hopelessly crippled as to be, as the father says, a human parsnip.
Published January 1st 1967 by Faber & Faber
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Patrick Neylan
I suspect much of this play's reputation lies in its impact at the time. Avant garde theatre in the 60s was obsessed with telling us how bloody awful life was, as well as kicking against the pricks of the "well-made play". Joe Egg ticks all the boxes, but what was radical and exciting then simply isn't now. Characters speaking directly to the audience doesn't seem as radical as it did then, and it's been done much better since.

We get the mother and father, with their near-vegetative daughter, a
Katy Noyes
3.5 stars.

Very much 'of its time', a kitchen sink slice-of-life in a working class household. This one however holds a ten year old girl who is a 'vegetable' unable to walk, talk, or feed herself.

It's very depressing, and sad. It reminded me of A Taste of Honey, which I also found very bleak and hard to like.

There's no wit or dark humour, it's just dark. I hated the constant references to Joe's (the girl's) mum's regular sleeping around before Joe was born, it just kept coming up.

I wouldn't w
As I recall, I thought it was a very witty play about a very horrible situation. But what did I know about having a disabled child? I was still mostly a child myself.
A difficult piece of work, as it covered many prejudices and challenges of the age in which it was written, and also those of having a disabled child. The characters were standard-- nothing too endearing about any of them. The addresses to the audience, effectively letting them know that they are watching a play were jarring. I don't think it was the best way to convey the information presented.

Brians jokes, as annoying at they were, as metaphorical for child-human/function-nonfunction as they
I thought this was an interesting play, approachable and worthwhile, but spoiled by some of the awkward prejudice of the time in which it was written. I liked that the father was honest enough to say their life would be better without Joe (Josephine) but I didn't think the mother's view or their life together was fully explored enough. I also hated that the mother's past 'promiscuity' kept being raised.
Oct 13, 2012 Simon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: drama
Nottingham Playhouse a couple of years ago. I'm a big fan of Peter Nichols. He captures just how crap it was to be a blossoming intellectual type in the 50's and 60s as well as the excitement and sense of revolution in the air.
Alan Armstrong
A bit dated now but still possible to fin the characters believable, and emotive
out dated and terrible play. raises questions, hate all the characters.
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