Thoughts and Essays is a section of the site
where you can read articles, essays and research by Orton
scholars and enthusiasts.
'Portrait of the artist as a young man', photographer
Lewis Morley describes his experiences photographing
Joe in 1965. His iconic portraits of key figures in the
swinging sixties include Christine Keeler, Twiggy and
Michael Caine. Dr James Methven, Dean
of Oriel & Lecturer in English, Oriel College, Oxford
writes on the subject of Sloane and Oedipus: Foundlings
and Sex. Rose Collis' piece Joe Orton's
Brighton looks at the links between the city
and Orton. Framed is a touching portrait of Joe's father, William Orton, written by Joe's sister, Leonie Orton Barnett.
Joe Orton and Me section contains personal
views and experiences from those who worked with and knew
Joe, or whose lives have been touched by him in some way.
Contributors include noted Orton Academic, Dr
Francesca Coppa, Leonie
Orton Barnett, Shaun Knapp, researcher
and marketing and events manager for the 'Ortonesque'
exhibition held in Leicester in Spring 2007 and Braham Murray, creative director
of The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, who directed
Loot at the Century Theatre in Manchester in 1966.
Director David Grindley describes his
1998 Chichester Festival production of Loot, which transferred
to the West End and there is a new contribution from the late Gerry Duggan (1910-1992), who played McLeavy in the 1966 London Traverse Theatre Company production of Loot.
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