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Fred & Madge

Fred & Madge

Author: Joe Orton Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/09/2014

Joe Orton's brilliantly inventive and staggeringly bold first play. Fred and Madge are a normal couple. Or so we think until a director and an audience member start interrupting and reworking this play within a play. Exhilaratingly subversive, the play includes the destruction of the Festival Hall, professional insulters intent on purging society with laughter and a dystopian England overgrown with marigolds. Full of biting satire and sardonic wit, it mingles astutely observed social realism with myth: Fred's job is to push boulders up a hill, and Madge's is to sieve water. Written in 1959, Fred & Madge finally received its premiere in 2014 at the Hope Theatre, London.

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Author: Joe Orton Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Published fifty years after the premiere of Entertaining Mr Sloane in 1964, and with a new introduction, this anniversary edition offers an opportunity to reappraise Joe Orton's reputation, and the status of his first major play, from a twenty-first century perspective. When it first appeared in the Swinging Sixties, Orton's satire on social and sexual hypocrisy both scandalized and delighted audiences. Its mix of sexuality and violence was explosive. Within a year, the play was being performed around the world and went on to be adapted for film and television, establishing Orton as a major voice and this play as one of the most ground-breaking of the century. This anniversary edition features previously unpublished material from the Joe Orton Archive, an interview with director Nick Bagnall, and an introduction by Emma Parker, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester.

Loot

Loot

Author: Joe Orton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2014

A black farce masterpiece, Loot follows the fortunes of twoyoung thieves, Hal and Dennis. Dennis is a hearse driver for anundertaker. They have robbed the bank next door to the funeral parlourand have returned to Hal's home to hide-out with the loot. Hal's motherhas just died and the pair put the money in her coffin, hiding the bodyelsewhere in the house. With the arrival of Inspector Truscott, thethickened plot turns topsy-turvy. Playing with all the conventions ofpopular farce, Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detailEnglish attitudes at mid-century. The play has been called a Freudiannightmare, which sports with superstitions about death - and life. Itis regularly produced in professional and amateur productions. First produced in London in 1966, Loot was hailed as "themost genuinely quick-witted, pungent and sprightly entertainment by anew, young British playwright for a decade" (Sunday Telegraph).The Student Edition offers a plot summary, full commentary, characternotes and questions for study, besides a chronology and bibliography.

Loot

Loot

Author: Joe Orton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2014

A black farce masterpiece, Loot follows the fortunes of twoyoung thieves, Hal and Dennis. Dennis is a hearse driver for anundertaker. They have robbed the bank next door to the funeral parlourand have returned to Hal's home to hide-out with the loot. Hal's motherhas just died and the pair put the money in her coffin, hiding the bodyelsewhere in the house. With the arrival of Inspector Truscott, thethickened plot turns topsy-turvy. Playing with all the conventions ofpopular farce, Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detailEnglish attitudes at mid-century. The play has been called a Freudiannightmare, which sports with superstitions about death - and life. Itis regularly produced in professional and amateur productions. First produced in London in 1966, Loot was hailed as "themost genuinely quick-witted, pungent and sprightly entertainment by anew, young British playwright for a decade" (Sunday Telegraph).The Student Edition offers a plot summary, full commentary, characternotes and questions for study, besides a chronology and bibliography.

What The Butler Saw

What The Butler Saw

Author: Joe Orton Format: eBook Release Date: 30/12/2013

"Joe Orton's last play, What the Butler Saw, will live to be accepted as a comedy classic of English literature" (Sunday Telegraph)The chase is on in this breakneck comedy of licensed insanity, from the moment when Dr Prentice, a psychoanalyst interviewing a prospective secretary, instructs her to undress. The plot of What the Butler Saw contains enough twists and turns, mishaps and changes of fortune, coincidences and lunatic logic to furnish three or four conventional comedies. But however the six characters in search of a plot lose the thread of the action - their wits or their clothes - their verbal self-possession never deserts them. Hailed as a modern comedy every bit as good as Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Orton's play is regularly produced, read and studied. What the Butler Saw was Orton's final play."He is the Oscar Wilde of Welfare State gentility" (Observer)

Loot

Loot

Author: Joe Orton Format: eBook Release Date: 30/12/2013

A black farce masterpiece, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, Hal and Dennis. Dennis is a hearse driver for an undertaker. They have robbed the bank next door to the funeral parlour and have returned to Hal's home to hide-out with the loot. Hal's mother has just died and the pair put the money in her coffin, hiding the body elsewhere in the house. With the arrival of Inspector Truscott, the thickened plot turns topsy-turvy. Playing with all the conventions of popular farce, Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detail English attitudes at mid-century. The play has been called a Freudian nightmare, which sports with superstitions about death - and life. It is regularly produced in professional and amateur productions.First produced in London in 1966, LOOT was hailed as "the most genuinely quick-witted, pungent and sprightly entertainment by a new, young British playwright for a decade" (Sunday Telegraph)

What The Butler Saw

What The Butler Saw

Author: Joe Orton Format: eBook Release Date: 30/12/2013

"Joe Orton's last play, What the Butler Saw, will live to be accepted as a comedy classic of English literature" (Sunday Telegraph)The chase is on in this breakneck comedy of licensed insanity, from the moment when Dr Prentice, a psychoanalyst interviewing a prospective secretary, instructs her to undress. The plot of What the Butler Saw contains enough twists and turns, mishaps and changes of fortune, coincidences and lunatic logic to furnish three or four conventional comedies. But however the six characters in search of a plot lose the thread of the action - their wits or their clothes - their verbal self-possession never deserts them. Hailed as a modern comedy every bit as good as Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Orton's play is regularly produced, read and studied. What the Butler Saw was Orton's final play."He is the Oscar Wilde of Welfare State gentility" (Observer)

Loot

Loot

Author: Joe Orton Format: eBook Release Date: 30/12/2013

A black farce masterpiece, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, Hal and Dennis. Dennis is a hearse driver for an undertaker. They have robbed the bank next door to the funeral parlour and have returned to Hal's home to hide-out with the loot. Hal's mother has just died and the pair put the money in her coffin, hiding the body elsewhere in the house. With the arrival of Inspector Truscott, the thickened plot turns topsy-turvy. Playing with all the conventions of popular farce, Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detail English attitudes at mid-century. The play has been called a Freudian nightmare, which sports with superstitions about death - and life. It is regularly produced in professional and amateur productions.First produced in London in 1966, LOOT was hailed as "the most genuinely quick-witted, pungent and sprightly entertainment by a new, young British playwright for a decade" (Sunday Telegraph)

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Author: Joe Orton Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2013

Entertaining Mr Sloane was first staged in 1964. Despite its success in performance, and being hailed by Sir Terence Rattigan as 'the best first play' he'd seen in 'thirty odd years', it was not until the London production of Loot in 1966 - less than a year before Joe Orton's untimely death - that theatre audiences and critics began to more fully appreciate the originality of Orton's elegant, alarming and hilarious writing. Introduced by John Lahr, the author of Orton's biography Prick up Your Ears, Entertaining Mr Sloane is now established as an essential part of the repertoire of the modern theatre.

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Author: Joe Orton Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2013

Entertaining Mr Sloane was first staged in 1964. Despite its success in performance, and being hailed by Sir Terence Rattigan as 'the best first play' he'd seen in 'thirty odd years', it was not until the London production of Loot in 1966 - less than a year before Joe Orton's untimely death - that theatre audiences and critics began to more fully appreciate the originality of Orton's elegant, alarming and hilarious writing. Introduced by John Lahr, the author of Orton's biography Prick up Your Ears, Entertaining Mr Sloane is now established as an essential part of the repertoire of the modern theatre.

Orton Diaries

Orton Diaries

Author: Joe Orton Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/06/2013

From December 1966 until his murder in August 1967, Joe Orton kept a series of diaries, which are one of the most candid and unfettered accounts of that remarkable era. The diaries chronicle frankly and hilariously the literary successes (capped with an Evening Standard Award and overtures from the Beatles), the rejection of all conventions, and the astonishing sexual adventures (at his mother's funeral...with a dwarf in Brighton...) of a true literary iconoclast who believed there was no sense in being a rebel without applause.

Loot

Loot

Author: Joe Orton Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2006

A black farce masterpiece, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, Hal and Dennis. Dennis is a hearse driver for an undertaker. They have robbed the bank next door to the funeral parlour and have returned to Hal's home to hide-out with the loot. Hal's mother has just died and the pair put the money in her coffin, hiding the body elsewhere in the house. With the arrival of Inspector Truscott, the thickened plot turns topsy-turvy. Playing with all the conventions of popular farce, Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detail English attitudes at mid-century. The play has been called a Freudian nightmare, which sports with superstitions about death - and life. It is regularly produced in professional and amateur productions. First produced in London in 1966, Loot was hailed as the most genuinely quick-witted, pungent and sprightly entertainment by a new, young British playwright for a decade (Sunday Telegraph). The Student Edition offers a plot summary, full commentary, character notes and questions for study, besides a chronology and bibliography.

The Boy Hairdresser

The Boy Hairdresser

Author: Joe Orton, Kenneth Halliwell, Francesca Coppa Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2001

Two novels which mark the beginning and the end of the famous writing partnership of Orton and Halliwell. Lord Cucumber is a camp pastiche of a Mills and Boon romance, set on a cruise ship in the isles of Greece. The Boy Hairdresser depicts the tortured relationship of two Angry Young Men.

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Author: Joe Orton, John Lahr Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2001

Entertaining Mr Sloane was first staged in 1964. Despite its success in performance, and being hailed by Sir Terence Rattigan as 'the best first play' he'd seen in 'thirty odd years', it was not until the London production of Loot in 1966 - less than a year before Joe Orton's untimely death - that theatre audiences and critics began to more fully appreciate the originality of Orton's elegant, alarming and hilarious writing. Introduced by John Lahr, the author of Orton's biography Prick up Your Ears, Entertaining Mr Sloane is now established as an essential part of the repertoire of the modern theatre.

Fred & Madge

Fred & Madge

Author: Joe Orton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/1998

Orton Complete Plays Entertaining Mr. Sloane , Loot , What the Butler , Ruffian , Erpingham Camp , Funeral Games Good and Faithful Servant

Orton Complete Plays Entertaining Mr. Sloane , Loot , What the Butler , Ruffian , Erpingham Camp , Funeral Games Good and Faithful Servant

Author: Joe Orton, John Lahr Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/07/1976

I suppose I'm a believer in Original Sin. People are profoundly bad but irresistibly funny' Joe Orton. This volume contains everything that Orton wrote for the theatre, radio and television from his first play in 1964, The Ruffian on the Stair, up to his violent death in 1967 at the age of 34. It includes his major successes: Entertaining Mr Sloane, which 'made more blood boil that any other British play in the last ten years' (The Times); Loot, 'a Freudian nightmare', which sports with superstitions about death - as well as life; his farce masterpiece, What the Butler Saw; The Erpingham Camp, his version of The Bacchae, set in a Butlin's holiday resort; together with his television plays, Funeral Games and The Good and Faithful Servant. The volume includes a revealing introduction by John Lahr, Orton's official biographer. He is the Oscar Wilde of Welfare State gentility (Observer)

What the Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw

Author: Joe Orton Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/1969

Joe Orton's last play, What the Butler Saw, will live to be accepted as a comedy classic of English literature (Sunday Telegraph) The chase is on in this breakneck comedy of licensed insanity, from the moment when Dr Prentice, a psychoanalyst interviewing a prospective secretary, instructs her to undress. The plot of What the Butler Saw contains enough twists and turns, mishaps and changes of fortune, coincidences and lunatic logic to furnish three or four conventional comedies. But however the six characters in search of a plot lose the thread of the action - their wits or their clothes - their verbal self-possession never deserts them. Hailed as a modern comedy every bit as good as Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Orton's play is regularly produced, read and studied. What the Butler Saw was Orton's final play. He is the Oscar Wilde of Welfare State gentility (Observer)

Loot

Loot

Author: Joe Orton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1967

A black farce masterpiece, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, Hal and Dennis. Dennis is a hearse driver for an undertaker. They have robbed the bank next door to the funeral parlour and have returned to Hal's home to hide-out with the loot. Hal's mother has just died and the pair put the money in her coffin, hiding the body elsewhere in the house. With the arrival of Inspector Truscott, the thickened plot turns topsy-turvy. Playing with all the conventions of popular farce, Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detail English attitudes at mid-century. The play has been called a Freudian nightmare, which sports with superstitions about death - and life. It is regularly produced in professional and amateur productions. First produced in London in 1966, LOOT was hailed as the most genuinely quick-witted, pungent and sprightly entertainment by a new, young British playwright for a decade (Sunday Telegraph)

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