Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane

Posted by ap507 at Jun 20, 2014 11:37 AM |
Free public event featuring luminary speakers to mark 50 years since the West End premiere of Leicester-born Orton’s first stage play on Sunday 29 June
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane

Source: Wikipedia

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.

Entertaining Mr Sloane was the summer sensation of 1964. Orton’s satire on social and sexual conservatism was labelled ‘a real shocker’ by the London Evening News but went on to win a Play of the Year award.

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.

Dr Emma Parker of the School of English at the University of Leicester said: “Orton’s work has been overshadowed by his life for too long. It’s time to focus on his achievements as a writer.”

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 Joe Orton’s sister Leonie Orton Barnett.

For further information, click here.

Tickets are free. To book, email orton@le.ac.uk

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