A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2016)

A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg By Peter Nichols

By Peter Nichols

Directed by John Clancy

This remarkable play illustrates the problems a married couple has in coming to terms with their child's severe disability. At first it seems that they deal with the situation by laughing about it. However, as the play progresses we see that the husband, Bri, has given up hope for his daughter whereas his wife, Sheila, believes that she will one day recover. It becomes apparent that Bri's humor is his way of dealing with the trauma while Sheila's laughter is an attempt to keep Bri happy and the marriage together.

The characters of Bri and Sheila represent opposite sides of the moral argument: do we have the right to decide whether a human being should live or die or is it cruel to artificially prolong a life that consists only of severe fits?

For all that, it has to be described as a comedy, one of the funniest and most touching ever seen.

As featured in The Irish Times:
‘It’s a bit like country music, an ignored part of hidden Ireland’
Ireland’s amateur drama season is an eccentric, ambitious concept, with 54 productions touring 37 festivals. And the stories are as good off the stage as on it.

"Pam" from rehearsals


Brian ... Martin O'Donoghue

Sheila ... Maura Clancy

Joe ... Katie Brown

Pam ... Nicola Sheehan

Freddie ... Mike Curran

Grace ... Eileen Lahiffe

"A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" opened in Corofin on February 28th for a 4-night run and is now on tour for the Three-Act Drama Festival at venues around Ireland.

Festival Schedule

Sat Mar 5 (Castleisland)
Sun Mar 6 (Scariff)
Tues Mar 8 (Roscommon)
Thurs Mar 10 (Claregalway)
Sat Mar 12 (Cavan)
Mon Mar 14 (Doonbeg)
Thurs Mar 17 (Charleville)
Sun Mar 20 (Claremorris)

Glor, Ennis on 29 March.