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The Joe Egg Project is one of two unique projects that Theatr Fynnon are running in 2008. This project focuses on various issues including the issue of care/carers, attitudes to disability in general & the simple question of life or death?

The Joe Egg project although culminating in a performance is very much about the process and evidencing that process, the process in this case is one: the twist on the play itself where Theatr Ffynnon’s membership (a membership of adults with learning & physical disabilities), under professional guidance will undertake production, stage management, costume design, marketing and FOH, although the play will have a cast of professional actors.

A catalyst for raising these issues is the contentious play by Peter Nichols “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” on Thursday 15 & Friday 16 May at 7.15pm at The Riverfront, Newport.

This biting, ironic black comedy focuses on a couple struggling to cope under the pressure of looking after their severely disabled daughter, Joe. Sheila, the mother, hopes for Joe to recover, whilst the father Brian lives a life of jokes and comedy sketches, creating exaggerated characters from their own lives, in order to avoid the pain and frustration he feels about their hopeless situation.

The play reaches a dramatic climax with a decision made under extreme hopelessness, frustration and anger that could change Brian, Sheila and Joe's life forever. Challenging, funny & uncomfortably honest!

The production at the Riverfront will be overseen, stage managed by 10 members who will represent the entire membership which currently stand at just under 100. Who are the carers Now?

To book tickets for the performance just call the box-office at The Riverfront on 01633 656757 or click on

As a company that works solely with adults with learning difficulties & physical disabilities, addressing issues such as the above are at the very heart of the company’s work, we believe we should not only challenge people & communities but also the members we work with.

The process continued, two: Debate on the issues raised will be held on Saturday 8 March at 10.30am at the Raglan Community Centre, led by Sherrall Morris, an advocate of arts disability in Wales, members of the Raglan group and other interested parties (invite only). 4 excerpts from the play will be read by our tutors who are also professional actors, after each excerpt a discussion on each of the issues will be led.

And three: A pre-show talk on the evening of the performances with a short introduction given by the Artistic Director to put the project into context, and then a question & answer session where the audience will get the opportunity to ask the members about their role in the production of the play.

This is a very exciting project for all those involved however, the issues regarding disability & attitudes to disability should encompass every individual.

This project is supported by the Arts Council of Wales & the Welsh Assembly Government. The project is also supported by The Riverfront, Newport.
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