LARGE Print Theatre’s A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is bold, beautiful and gloriously uncomfortable.

Exploring a day in the life of a couple with a severely disabled child, Peter Nichol’s 1967 script still strikes a deeply relevant chord today.

Human nature and its reaction to ‘different’ in all its varying degrees of extremism is provocatively explored, from preservation of life at all costs to a snooty neighbour who struggles with anything she deems ‘physically unattractive’.

Skilled direction from Jon Bradshaw and an embracing cast bring what could be easily dismissed stereotypes into deeply affecting, sometimes alarming, ‘real’ personalities whom it would be unsurprising to find in a living room along your own street.

Danar Richards is extraordinary as Joe, playing the disabled child with exceptional devoutness to realism, from detailed facial expressions and sounds to the contortions of her body.

Emily Holden and James Owen are remarkable as Joe’s parents, skipping between the past and present, with inward thoughts and outward speeches directed at the audience with striking emotional dexterity.

Lainey Shaw gives a deliciously obnoxious neighbour in Pam, the perfect opposite to her overly affable husband Freddie, warmly portrayed by Ben de Halpert.

Dot Smith is no less delightful as Bri’s over interfering mother-in-law, playing up to her character’s stereotypical qualities without losing any authenticity.

Rumours abound the play will show again in London. If it does and you have chance, it would be well worth the trip.