A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

  • date Monday, 14 March, 2016
  • group Corofin Dramatic Society
  • author Peter Nichols
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

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 humour 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.

Corofin Dramatic Society

Corofin Dramatic Society qualified for the RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Finals in three of the last four years.  Placed 3rd in 2012 with “The Subject was Roses” by Frank D. Gilroy, directed by John Clancy.  Winners of the One Act Confined All Ireland Finals in 2012 and 1993.  Other highlights include: Full length Confined All-Ireland Winners in 2008 with “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh.