NVAP screening of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

This free screening is a part of the weekend programme: Re:Play – Celebrating 30 Years of the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP)

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Join us for a free screening of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, written by Peter Nichols. This production was directed by Simon Evans and recorded live by the V&A at Trafalgar Studios (Studio 1) in November 2019.

Nichols’ debut play premiered in Glasgow 55 years ago, bringing humour and heartbreak to an often taboo subject: the strains in a family when bringing up a child with cerebral palsy. Starring Storme Toolis as the nicknamed 'Joe Egg', this was the first West End production for an actor with a disability to play the role. This screening will have 1 interval, around 10 minutes long. All screenings in the programme are drop in and on a first come, first served basis. Please be advised, screenings may contain explicit language and content. Our full list of NVAP recordings can be found on the Archives page.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to view and learn about significant British productions and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would be lost. When V&A East opens in 2024 all the recordings will be available for the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Background image: NVAP still from ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg’, 2019, directed by Simon Evans © Victoria and Albert Museum, London