up Your Ears
New Edition Published by Bloomsbury 2002
New ediion of John Lahr's biography of Joe Orton,
first published in 1978. The title was taken from what
was to be Orton’s next play, a historical farce
set on the eve of Edward VII’s coronation in 1902.
Lahr’s book was meticulously researched over many
years and Joe's agent, Peggy Ramsey even granted access
to Orton’s diaries, the existence of which she had
kept secret for many years.
Joe Orton – A Casebook
Dr Francesca Coppa
Published by Routledge 2003
is the first ever collection of Orton scholarship and
includes essays from most of the prominent voices in the
field. The book, divided into two sections, theorizes
Orton's theatrical work as well as his controversial life
in the 'swinging London' of the 1960's. Topics explored
include his plays, early works, his Diaries and his status
as a gay icon.
Because We're Queers
Published by Gay Men's Press 1994
this pioneering study, Simon Shepherd reclaims Orton and
Halliwell for the gay movement, setting both their achievements
and their limitations against a repressive backdrop of
homophobia and hypocrisy.
Guide: Laughter in the Dark - The Plays of Joe Orton
Published by Greenwich Exchange 2001
In this study - often as irreverent as the plays themselves
- Burke dissects Orton's comedy and traces the connection
between the lifestyle and the work. Previously a television
critic and comedian, Arthur Burke is a writer and journalist.
He has published articles not only on Orton but also on
Harold Pinter, John Osborne and many other leading modern
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