NEWS AND EVENTS

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YOURS FAITHFULLY, EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS)
ONE NIGHT ONLY - 9TH AUGUST 2017
THE LITTLE THEATRE - LEICESTER

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NEWS ARCHIVE

LOOT- LONDON 2008-9

OPENING OF ORTON SQUARE - NOV 08


ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE - JAN TO APRIL 2009

PRICK UP YOUR EARS - SEPT - NOV 2009

JOE ORTON'S DIARIES FEATURED IN BBC FOUR BROADCAST JAN 2010

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW - SUMMER 2010

GAY ICONS - SHEFFIELD UNI - NOV 2010

MALICIOUS DAMAGE - ISLINGTON - OCT 2011-FEB 2012

ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE - 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
June 2014 - University of Leicester

JOE ORTON’S ‘FRED & MADGE’
at The Hope Theatre, Islington, Autumn 2014

 

 

 
 

50 YEARS ON - NEW EVENTS - SUMMER 2017

 

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

YOURS FAITHFULLY, EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS)
On 9 August 2017, actors, writers and comedians gathered at The Little Theatre, Leicester, to celebrate the life, work and legacy of Joe Orton 50 years after his death.
Find out more about the event and the Edna Welthorpe project at www.ednawelthorpe.co.uk

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
Orton film and TV productions also available to rent on the BFI Player 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.

ORTON BROADCASTS AUGUST 2047 - AVAILABLE ON THE BBC IPLAYER

Orton Front Row Special - First Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Friday 11th Aug
Available on BBCiPlayer here

The Orton Diaries - Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra Sun 13th Aug at 8pm
Available on BBCiPlayer here

Loot - Broadcast on BBC Radion 4 Extra Sun 13th Aug at 8.30pm
Available on BBCiPlayer here

EXHIBITIONS

What the Artist Saw: Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
29 July - 22 October 2017

Features work by David Lock, Joe Orton's nephew
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton, an exhibition of contemporary art commissions inspired by Orton’s life and legacy. Featuring work by David Lock, Louise Plant, Stewy, Danielle Vaughan and Tim Youd. Find out more here

Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton
National Justice Museum, Nottingham
21 July - 1 October 2017
Find out more here

Joe Orton and Me: Breaking Boundaries
Soft Touch Arts
New Walk, Leicester
9 August - 9 September 2017
Soft Touch Arts has worked with young people from the Saffron Lane estate, where Orton grew up, and other parts of Leicester to produce an exhibition inspired by the life, work and legacy of the Leicester-born playwright. Find out more here

PUBLICATIONS
Exciting news!
Leonie Orton's briliant new Memoir 'I Had it in Me' was published in Oct 2016

I Had it in Me - A Memoir
Leonie Orton
Publication date: 21st October 2016
ISBN:978-0-9928834-2-3

"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."
Jake Arnott

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

OTHER NEWS

FOLLOW ORTON ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
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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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