Joe orton was a noted british author, screenwriter, and playwright who is best known for the plays 'entertaining mr sloane' (1964), 'what the butler saw' (1969), and 'loot' (1967. Based on the play by joe orton, this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot fortunately one of them works in a funeral parlor and they have a coffin to spare. Loot was orton’s most successful play while alive, but this was nearly not the case and came close to ending his career as a playwright.
Topics joe orton, plays, comedy, bbc-3, radio a black farce masterpiece, loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, hal and dennis dennis is a hearse driver for an undertaker. Loot joe orton derby playhouse (2003) review by steve orme staging a comedy 37 years after it won two awards for best play might seem a daunting proposition: what was in vogue then may appear ridiculously out of date now, social values have changed enormously and what shocked audiences in the past hardly causes an eyebrow to be raised in these supposedly enlightened times. Joe orton was the briefest, brightest theatrical light, extinguished forever aged 34 by his boyfriend, kenneth halliwell, who bludgeoned him to death with a hammer in their shared bedsit at the.
Short teaser ad for the upcoming production of joe orton's loot by portal players dramatic society at the capitol theatre, 4904 argyle street, port alberni, bc. Between 1963 when his first play was accepted and 1967 when he died, aged just 34, in a frenzied hammer attack in a murder-suicide at the hand of his jealous partner, kenneth halliwell, joe orton emerged as a playwright of international reputation. Joe orton john kingsley (“joe”) orton (1 january 1933 – 9 august 1967 ) was an english playwright in a short but prolific career lasting from 1964 until his death, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. Loot written by joe orton joe orton's published work consists of three stage plays, four short radio/tv plays, a screenplay and a novel other plays we've staged by this author play loot the play is an extremely dark farce which satirises the roman catholic church, social attitudes to death, and the integrity of the police force and was. About orton complete plays 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.
Black comedy may be an acquired taste but it still takes a clever and wickedly funny practitioner of the form to pull it off and joe orton was one of the best. Loot: methuen student edition by joe orton a black farce masterpiece, loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, hal and dennis dennis is a hearse driver for an undertaker. Almost fifty three years after its first performance in this version, joe orton's loot returns to london's tricycle theatre for the holiday season in the 1960s this play was regarded as shocking with its attack on the catholic church, its open discussion of homosexuality and police corruption and the irreverential treatment of the corpse of a loved one.
In its initial productions on the road in 1965, loot was a failure because the cast acted it farcically yet formally rather than seriously joe orton was insistent that the play could not succeed. Between 1964 and 1967, joe orton contributed to an exciting working class culture that swept through the nation a promiscuous and openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was actively persecuted by the police, orton was the rising star of an ‘alternative british intelligentsia. ---joe orton, as quoted by john lahr jean cocteau repertory, a company with an unabashed predilection for the classics, seems primed to surprise audiences whenever it sneaks out of that mode with joe orton's cheeky masterpiece loot , it has found a fascinating tone for unraveling the dark corners the play inhabits.
Joe orton's wiki: john kingsley joe orton (1 january 1933 – 9 august 1967) was an english playwright and author his public career was short but prolific, lasting from 1964 until his d. Zach wegner, as dennis, left, and devin norik, as hal, in joe orton’s “loot,” directed by david kennedy, at the westport country playhouse. Orton's loot as quotidian farce: the intersection of black comedy and daily life maurice charney after his mother died, one of the few remembrances joe orton wanted was her.