BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz visits the Joe Orton Archive for Today programme feature

Posted by pt91 at Jun 25, 2014 05:10 PM |
University to mark 50th Anniversary of Entertaining Mr Sloane in free public event on Sunday 29
BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz visits the Joe Orton Archive for Today programme feature

L-R: Leonie Orton Barnett, Will Gompertz and Dr Emma Parker.

The BBC’s chief Arts Editor Will Gompertz visited the University on 25 June to make a radio feature on the Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton.

For his report on the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s first play Entertaining Mr Sloane, Will Gompertz came to see the exhibition ‘Joe Orton in 1964’ in the David Wilson Library.

He also looked at other material from the Orton archive, including the original script, photographs of the 1964 London and 1965 New York productions, letters, and Orton’s own scrapbook of reviews.

Will Gompertz discussed the material with Dr Emma Parker, of the School of English, and Joe Orton’s sister, Leonie Orton Barnett.

The University will be marking the 50th Anniversary of Joe Orton’s black comedy Entertaining Mr Sloane on Sunday 29 June by hosting a free public event to celebrate the play.

This special event presents an opportunity to find out about the work of a famous Leicester writer and offers Orton enthusiasts a chance to learn more about one of the most radical, important and funny plays of the post-war period.

Guests include acclaimed theatre director Nick Bagnall, bestselling novelist Jake Arnott, leading scholars Professor Simon Shepherd (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and Dr Francesca Coppa (Muhlenberg College, USA) and Leonie Orton Barnett.

The radio feature aired on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme on Friday 27 June, click here to listen to it online (from 2hrs 42mins, available until 3 July).

‘Joe Orton in 1964’ runs until 29 August.

Listen to a podcast interview with Leonie Orton Barnett, sharing memories of her brother: