University celebrates 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s first stage play

Posted by ap507 at May 06, 2014 09:30 AM |
Dr Emma Parker produces new edition of Entertaining Mr Sloane
University celebrates 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s first stage play

Source: Wikipedia; Joe Orton

To mark fifty years since the premiere of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane on 6 May 1964, Dr Emma Parker of the School of English has produced a new edition of the play.

Published by Methuen Drama, this 50th anniversary edition includes previously unpublished material from the Joe Orton Archive, held in the Special Collections of the David Wilson Library, and an interview with acclaimed director Nick Bagnall, whose 2009 production of Sloane starred Imelda Staunton and Matthew Horne.

In her introduction, Dr Parker declares Orton’s satire on social and sexual hypocrisy one of the most radical, important, and funny plays of the post-war period. She also summarises the critical reception of the play, the summer sensation of ‘64, and assesses its influence on other writers.

To celebrate this major anniversary, and the launch of the new edition, the University Bookshop is holding a ‘birthday party’ (with cake!) for Mr Sloane today at 12noon, which will be attended by Leonie Orton Barnett (Joe Orton’s sister).

All welcome.

Share this page: