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Depicting Cerebral Palsy on stage
First time poster. I hope this doesn't come over as offensive or insensitive. I am a theatre director working with Titchfield Festival Theatre. I am directing A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols in November. If you don't know the story it's about the difficulties a couple face with their disabled daughter Joe. It's a great play and full of dark humour but it's sensitive too. However it was written in 1967 and says as much about the mores of the time as the condition of CP itself. It calls for a young female actor to play Joe. Joe's part is yet to be cast and I don't want to assume straight away that only an able-bodied actor could fulfil this role but I, and the cast, need to know more about CP and its effects. Is there any local groups in south Hampshire I could contact to talk about this subject or does any one here have any guidance or help they could offer me?