The play has opened. Audiences have poured in and poured back out. Reviewers have scribbled notes and typed up opinions. Congratulatory glasses have been toasted, clinked and downed. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg has opened to a fantastic wave of press and intense audience debate. As it did in 1967, right here in the Citz.
During the run it is a difficult and finely balanced thing to keep the performance exciting and fresh for each new audience every night. So for the actors there is a constant reappraisal of the work that has been done, going on every night. At the same time the director or assistant director is watching and tweaking the show to refine it, making it stronger the further into the run the show goes.
And as you may imagine tweaking a solid show can be very difficult and dangerous. As you constantly risk ruining the show with the wrong suggestion at the wrong time and throwing the whole show off-kilter. By changing the smallest thing one actor does, it can ripple out and either throw the other actors off or change the meaning of a whole section of the play. It’s the most exciting and infuriating thing about theatre, it’s always live, always changing and always teetering on the edge of disaster! That’s of course were the skills of the team come in to keep the show getting better.A Day in the Death of Joe Egg here as fantastic as we can. I’ve no doubt that it will be.
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG
Until 12 November
This is the very last week of Joe Egg, so there's only 5 more chances to see the show. Call 0141 429 0022 or book online.