JOE ORTON STATUE APPEAL - LAUNCHED JULY 2019
Help raise money to erect a statue of legendary playwright Joe Orton in his hometown of Leicester and ensure that this inspirational literary genius is remembered for generations to come.
Find out more here
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW: 50 Years On Exhibition
University of Leicester Library
This exhibition celebrates Joe Orton’s final play fifty years on from its initial production. The materials on display are part of the Orton Collection, held in the Library’s Archives and Special Collections and can be viewed in the reading room on request.
The exhibition runs from 24 May until 30 August 2019 in the basement of the David Wilson Library, and may be viewed from Monday to Saturday between 9.30am and 4.30pm and on Sunday between 12.30pm and 5.30pm.
More details here
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW
Joe Orton’s savage satire on rape is as relevant now as it was in 1969
An essay by Emma Parker - Associate Professor in Postwar and Contemporary Literature at the University of Leicester.
Read the essay on the online resource: The Conversation here
Listen to Joe Orton's record collection on BBC Radio 4 - Front Row
A feature on Joe Orton's record collection on BBC Radio 4 Front Row on 23 April is online (starts at 21.45)
'Orton cultivated his image as a doyen of 60s counterculture, but new research into his record collection reveals a surprising taste in music...'
Listen to the episode of Front Row here
YOURS FAITHFULLY, EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS)
On 9 August 2017, actors, writers and comedians gathered at The Little Theatre, Leicester, to celebrate the life, work and legacy of Joe Orton 50 years after his death. Find out more about the event and the Edna Welthorpe project - including new Edna Welthorpe letters at www.ednawelthorpe.co.uk
Follow the links below to video interviews about Orton
An interview with Alec Baldwin here
An interview with Frances Barber here
An interview with Graham Fellows (aka John Shuttleworth) here
You can find other interviews with actors, writers and directors here
ORTON BROADCASTS - STILL AVAILABLE ON THE BBC IPLAYER
Orton Front Row Special - First Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Friday 11th Aug
Available on BBCiPlayer here
I Had it in Me - A Memoir
Publication date: 21st October 2016
"A wonderful memoir, intensely moving and hilariously funny.
Like her brother, Joe, Leonie Orton uses dark comedy with
devastating effect to pinpoint the stark truths about
families, love, sex and death. I couldn't put it down."
I Had It In Me is the memoir of Leonie Orton, Joe's youngest sister. Leonie tells her own story
of growing up on a Leicester council estate in the 1940s and 1950s
as her brother rose to become a remarkable writer. For the first time
she recounts how the family coped with his brutal murder and lost diaries.
She also describes her fight to educate herself, nurture her own family
and eventually take over the management of her brother’s legacy.
More details here
Available to order here
Read the Observer interivew with Leonie and an extract from the book here
FOLLOW ORTON ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
You may wish to join the Joe Orton facebook group here to speak to other Orton fans or raise queries. We are also on Twitter @OfficiallyOrton
Any enquiries regarding Joe Orton's Plays, Novels and other creative works, personal correspondence or diaries, which are Copyright of The Orton Estate, should be directed to Casarotto Ramsey & Associates Ltd.
Contact details can be found at http://www.casarotto.co.uk