Citz returns to its roots

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THERE’S a special homecoming at the Citizens Theatre next week.

The venue is hosting the latest production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg – a play that saw its world premier at the theatre in 1967 and confirmed the Citizens’ sterling reputation within theatrical circles.

Dancing between the comedic and the bleak, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg tell the story of a couple who struggle with their everyday lives coping with a disabled child with cerebral palsy.

Confined to a wheelchair, the daughter, Joe, is also unable to communicate with her parents.

Both use black humour to deal with the situation but their relationship is crumbling.

But the husband and father, Brian, is particularly scathing in his mockery of the position they find themselves in — particularly with his devoted wife.

But schoolteacher Brian harbours some very dark thoughts of having his child placed in an institution.

This is an emotionally fraught play, written by Peter Nichols, which has attracted many big names over the years.

On the big screen in the early 70s, Brian was played Alan Bates and his long-suffering wife, Grace, was interpreted by Janet Suzman.

A small screen adaptation saw Eddie Izzard play the father with Victoria Hamilton as Grace.

Others who have played the leads include Albert Finney and Zena Walker on Broadway and Clive Owen and Victoria Hamilton in London’s West End.

This new performance also has a big name attached to it in the form of Miriam Margolyes.

Perhaps better known for her comedic performances in the likes of Blackadder, Babe: Pig in the City, Harry Potter and Cats and Dogs, Marogolyes has also acquitted herself well in dramas with the likes of Little Dorrit, Immortal Beloved, As You Like It and Baz Luhrman’s take on Romeo and Juliet.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg sees the Citizens continue to promote Glasgow as a centre of high culture.

The Gorbals theatre has enjoyed an enviable reputation in the theatrical world for the prominent productions that want to open there.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is at the Citizens Theatre from October 19 until November 12.

For ticket prices, call the theatre box office on 0141 429 0022.

However, concessions can be had with previews at £5 and Cheap Tuesdays tickets costing £10.