Joe Orton

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ORTON, John Kingsley "Joe" (1933 – 1967) was an English playwright and author. His public career was short but prolific, lasting from 1964 until his death three years later. During this brief period he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. The adjective "Ortonesque" is sometimes used to refer to work characterised by a similarly dark yet farcical cynicism.


Fred and Madge (written 1959, published 2001), The Visitors (written 1961, published 2001), The Ruffian on the Stair (first performance 1964) Radio play, Entertaining Mr Sloane (first performance 1964), Loot (first performance 1965), The Erpingham Camp (first performance 1966), The Good and Faithful Servant (first performance 1967), Funeral Games (first performance 1968), What the Butler Saw (first performance 1969), Up Against It (screenplay), ''"Pets Would"'' (one act play).