By Graham Kirby. John Kingsley Orton was born on 1st January 1933 in Saffron Lane Estate in Leicester as the first child of William and Elsie Orton, two working-class members. In the mid-1960s Orton was one of the most talked about new playwrights of the decade - … The playwright’s sister Leonie Orton, who is also the administrator of the Joe Orton Estate, said: ‘I hope that the statue will become a memorable and exciting addition to Leicester’s cultural landscape that raises awareness whilst celebrating his life, work and legacy. Leonie Orton by Catherine Ashmore. The sister of playwrite Joe Orton says a 1966 statuette awarded to him by the Evening Standard has gone missing. A … It featured a range of talking heads and extracts of Orton’s work- none of which fully conveyed the full flavour his work. Leonie Orton, sister of the late playwright and administrator of the Joe Orton Estate said: “I hope that the statue will become a memorable and exciting addition to Leicester’s cultural landscape that raises awareness whilst celebrating his life, work and legacy.It is not a ‘statue’ that people should be in awe of, rather something they want to interact with and associate with.” Visit our project page if you're interested in joining! William Orton first worked in the footwear industry but changed his profession to gardener for the city of Leicester, due to his physical weakness (cf. Q&A Special: Joe Orton's Sister The playwright's sister speaks. Language; Watch; Edit; Active discussions. 2 Joe Orton. Joe passed away on month day 2011, at age 77 at death place, Utah. Joe Orton's sister Leonie Orton and Ian McKellen Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry are among those backing a fundraising campaign to erect a statue of playwright Joe Orton in his hometown of Leicester. His sister Leonie Orton Barnett has described their home as "drab, soulless and monotonous", epitomising the "worst aspects of Leicester's motto Semper Eadem - always the same". It was first produced in London at the New Arts Theatre on 6 May 1964 and transferred to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre on 29 June 1964. Directed by Stephen Frears. Writer Joe Orton would have been “thrilled” to see his play Loot — which was censored when it was first staged — finally performed uncut more than 50 years later, his relatives have said. With Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn. by Aleks Sierz Thursday, 01 October 2009. Leonie Orton, sister of the late playwright and administrator of the Joe Orton Estate said: “I hope that the statue will become a memorable and exciting addition to Leicester’s cultural landscape that raises awareness whilst celebrating his life, work and legacy. But let’s try to approach this latest series with fresh eyes. Islington legend Joe Orton had a younger sister, Leonie. Orton’s Edna Welthorpe letters satirise snobbery and conservatism. They had one son: Dixon Joseph Hunter. Share. The participants explored the boundaries that Joe Orton had to overcome as a working class gay man in order to succeed in the 1960s and used these to create artworks exploring their own boundaries and ways they have overcome these using Joe Orton as inspiration. Talk:Joe Orton. It’s a sad anniversary, yet good that what Joe actually felt and wrote is to be staged for the first time.” Born in 1933, Joe Orton, began living a daringly open gay life at a very young age. Biographer John Lahr is writing a book about playwright Joe Orton. In 1965 Joe Orton visited the American Embassy in London to get a visa to attend the Broadway production of his outrageous West End hit 'Entertaining Mr Sloane' and was caught up in a Kafkaesque world of oppression and paranoia. In his short career, Joe Orton had a sizeable impact on British theatre. Joe Munsey Orton 1905 1969 Tennessee Tennessee Joe Munsey Orton, 1905 - 1969. Dear Diary - The Orton Diaries: Extract from the BBC Four documentary Dear Diary with Richard E Grant, first broadcast in 2010. Introduced and Chaired by Dr Emma Parker. Like her brother, Joe, Leonie Orton uses dark comedy with devastating effect to pinpoint the stark truths about families, love, sex and death. This event, chaired by Emma Parker and featuring Orton’s sister, Leonie Orton Barnett, is organised in conjunction with the University of Leicester to mark the 50 th anniversary of the London premiere of Loot. Edited extracts from Leonie Orton’s memoir, I Had It In Me Article by: Themes: 20th-century theatre, Gender and sexuality, Exploring identity. LIsten to Joe Orton in 1967 on the BBC here Extract from the BBC Sound Archives where you can hear Joe speaking to Roland Orton about his childhood and early career, his time in prison and his views on Shakespeare. Joe Orton's sister Leonie with pictures of the playwright in 1997. The Guild welcomes all editors with a good grasp of English and Wikipedia's policies and guidelines to help in the drive to improve articles. It is not a ‘statue’ that people should be in awe of, rather something they want to interact with and associate with.” She was buried on month day 2011, at burial place, Utah. Listen to Joe Orton’s sister, Leonie, reading some of the Edna letters by clicking here. Jake Arnott. Leonie Orton, sister of controversial playwright Joe Orton, discusses her memoir with Charles Casillo. As she releases a memoir dealing with their relationship she opens up to Nick Tyrrell The Orton Diaries are a requiem for a lost age of furtive encounters. I Had It In Me is the memoir of Leonie Orton, Joe's youngest sister. The Joe Orton Statue Appeal is a Community Interest Company (CIC) founded by Leicester resident Kate Sullivan and chaired by Dr Emma Parker (University of Leicester, home of the Joe Orton archive). I AM quickly growing tired of the obligatory Saturday night foreign language dramas on BBC4. The President is Leonie Orton (Joe Orton's sister). Joe Orton's Diaries: The Most Explicit Depiction of '60s Gay Sex. Both want to be writers, but only one of them is successful. WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors A version of this article was copy edited by a member of the Guild of Copy Editors. We all know the best one is The Bridge, but that will be jumping ship for its final series which will be on BBC2 next year. Orton biographies often feature a photo of his younger sister, Leonie Orton Barnett, a pretty young woman frozen forever in shadowy black and white. Puchner, 1999, p. 364). Joe married Dixon "M" Hunter on month day 1954, at age 20 at marriage place, Utah. Entertaining Mr Sloane is a three-act play written in 1963 by the English playwright Joe Orton. Picture: John Robertson Credit: John Robertson "With insanity, as with vomit, it is the passerby who receives the inconvenience." September 05 2017 1:54 PM EDT. I couldn't put it down." Scandal: Joe Orton advertising his The Erpingham Camp and The Ruffian on the Stair (Crimes of Passion) in June 1967. Joe Orton Laid Bare was an 80 minute documentary on BBC2 which marked 50 years since the death of the playwright at the hands of his partner Kenneth Halliwell, who bludgeoned him to death with a hammer and then took his own life. Joe Orton's Loot: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. Tickets £7, contact the Curve Theatre to book. Joe and Kenneth meet at drama school and live together for ten years as lovers and collaborators. Orton’s sister, Leonie Orton, who allowed the play to be resurrected in its original form, stated that, “This is what Joe originally wrote, but it was censored at the time. Play titles can acquire a life of their own. He was forced into absurd interrogations and accused of "moral turpitude." Joe had 2 sisters: Laree Orton and one other sibling. As a playwright he specialised in the most scandalous of comedies, and the word Ortonesque is now deployed to describe his brand of dark and cynical farce. Leonie, now 72, emerges in vivid color in her engrossing memoir, I Had It In Me , telling of her relationship with her famous brother, their family life, and her own remarkable journey of self-discovery. In these edited extracts from her memoir, Leonie Orton, sister of playwright Joe Orton, provides a vivid account of growing up in the Orton household in Leicester and her relationship with Joe. 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