July 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark in LGBT rights: the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.
This also coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the death of Joe Orton
ORTON: OBSCENITIES IN SUBURBIA
Part of the BFI's Gross Indecency Season
Throughout August 2017
A season of Orton events including a screening of What the Butler Saw and a Q&A with Orton’s biographer John Lahr, Orton’s sister Leonie Orton and actor/Orton’s personal friend, Kenneth Cranham. See here for details.
More Details about all the BFI events here
YOURS FAITHFULLY, EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS)
ONE NIGHT ONLY - WEDS 9TH AUGUST 2017 7PM
THE LITTLE THEATRE - LEICESTER
Find out more here
Acclaimed actor Frances Barber will read the hilarious prank letters of complaint that Joe Orton penned under the pseudonym Edna Welthorpe alongside new Edna letters commissioned from top comedy writers such as Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, The Thick of It), Arthur Mathews (Father Ted) and Caroline Moran (Raised by Wolves). Chris Shepherd pays tribute to Orton through a new Edna-inspired animation starring Alison Steadman. Leonie Orton shares memories of her brother’s comic escapades, and comedian Graham Fellows (John Shuttleworth) joins Emmy Award-winning writer David Quantick (The Fast Show, Brass Eye, Veep) to discuss Orton’s impact on contemporary comedy. You can book tickets via the Little Theatre.
The Little Theatre: Info and box office here
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
LEONIE ORTON WITH JAKE ARNOTT
Tue 22 Aug 2:30pm - 3:30pm Bosco Theatre (George Street) £12.00, £10.0
KEEPING AN ARTISTIC LEGACY ALIVE
Leonie Orton, the sister of playwright Joe Orton shares her memoir, discussing the impact and legacy of her brother’s work with novelist Jake Arnott, recalling her own experiences of growing up on a Leicester council estate in the 1940s and 50s. Orton, whose brother was cruelly murdered by his lover, believes that her self-education and handling of his estate has shaped her. Come and hear her moving story. Info and box office here
LOOT BY JOE ORTON
Directed by Michael Fentiman
Previews: 17 - 19 Aug
Plays: 17 Aug - 24 Sep
Press Night: 23 Aug (7pm)
More details here
From the producers of Park Theatre sell-out hit The Boys in the Band comes another darkly comic masterpiece: Joe Orton's classic farce Loot. Uproarious slapstick meets dubious morals as two young friends stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.. The ensuing black comedy shocked and delighted audiences in equal measure when the play premiered five decades ago, winning the Evening Standard Best Play award. This fiftieth anniversary production is directed by Michael Fentiman, whose credits include two acclaimed shows for the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as the recent Park Theatre critically-acclaimed hit, Raising Martha.
Leonie Orton's briliant new Memoir 'I Had it in Me' was published in Oct 2016
I Had it in Me - A Memoir
Publication date: 21st October 2016
"A wonderful memoir, intensely moving and hilariously funny.
Like her brother, Joe, Leonie Orton uses dark comedy with
devastating effect to pinpoint the stark truths about
families, love, sex and death. I couldn't put it down."
I Had It In Me is the memoir of Leonie Orton, Joe's youngest sister. Leonie tells her own story
of growing up on a Leicester council estate in the 1940s and 1950s
as her brother rose to become a remarkable writer. For the first time
she recounts how the family coped with his brutal murder and lost diaries.
She also describes her fight to educate herself, nurture her own family
and eventually take over the management of her brother’s legacy.
More details here
Available to order here
Read the Observer interivew with Leonie and an extract from the book here
FOLLOW ORTON ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
You may wish to join the Joe Orton facebook group here to speak to other Orton fans or raise queries. We are also on Twitter @OfficiallyOrton
Entertaining Mr Sloane - 50th Anniversary Celebration Recordings
In summer 2014. Leicester University, which holds the Joe Orton Archive, hosted a day of screenings, talks and readings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first play, Entertaining Mr Sloane. Recordings of speakers at the event are now available via the University's Sound Cloud account. More details here
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