You will laugh and cry all in ‘A day’

2015-07-21 06:00
Melissa Sanderson, Patrick Jordi, Rosie Thomson and Su Cunningham stage a family row in A day in the death of Joe Egg.

Melissa Sanderson, Patrick Jordi, Rosie Thomson and Su Cunningham stage a family row in A day in the death of Joe Egg.

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Tragedy and farce come together in British play A day in the death of Joe Egg, which opens at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg on Friday next week.

Written by Peter Nichols and based on his own experiences of raising a handicapped child, the popular play is well-known for being both heart-wrenching and very funny.

The story revolves around a married couple, Sheila and Brian, struggling to deal with raising their cerebral palsied daughter. They use humour to enable them to cope as their marriage falls apart under the strain of caring for their child. The couple’s well-meaning friend, his wife and Brian’s interfering mother all add to the chaos of the household.

The production stars Melissa Sanderson and Cata nominee Patrick Jordi.

Although A day in the death of Joe Egg was originally written in 1967, director Lynn Moss has set the play in the present day. Moss is no stranger to the Masque Theatre. Her highly successful directorial debut last year with One for the road earned her a Cata nomination for most promising newcomer as a director.

She’ll be teaming up with production designer Stephan Fourie, who was responsible for the stunning set for Cat on a hot tin roof, which won best set at the Catas earlier this year.

Presented by Constantiaberg Theatre Players, this production will be staged until Saturday 8 August.

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Tickets cost R80 or R70 for club members or R70 and R60 for club members for matinee performances, with specials available for the performance on Tuesday 4 August. Call the Masque Theatre on 021 788 1898 (weekdays from 09:00 to 16:00 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 12:00) or email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za to book. Visit www.masquetheatre.co.za for more information

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