Joe Orton: 50 Years On

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April 30, 2017
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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967), the University of Leicester is hosting a one day interdisciplinary symposium on his life and work.

Possible topics include:
• Orton and satire/black
• Orton’s TV plays
• Orton as diarist
• Orton and race
• Orton and crime
• Orton and art
• Orton and film
• Orton and the 1960s
• Gay/Queer Orton
• Orton and Halliwell
• Orton and Leicester
• The Orton industry
• Orton’s influences
(Oscar Wilde, Ronald Firbank,
Jean Genet)
• Orton’s influence (on other
playwrights, novelists,
comedy, art, music)
• Orton’s legacy

Confirmed Speakers:
Professor Francesca Coppa (Muhlenberg College); Professor Graham Saunders (University of Birmingham); Dr Kate Dorney (University of Manchester); Dr Michael Petry (Museum of Contemporary Art, London).

Special guest: Leonie Orton

Registration: £45 (£25 students)

Organisers: Dr Emma Parker (School of Arts), Dr Gavin Brown (Department of Geography)

Email abstracts for 20 min papers to