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Orton’s mischievous comedy at Gorleston

PUBLISHED: 16:16 02 November 2012

The play 'Entertaining Mr Sloane', by Joe Orton, will take to the stage at Gorleston Pavilion Theatre tomorrow.

The play 'Entertaining Mr Sloane', by Joe Orton, will take to the stage at Gorleston Pavilion Theatre tomorrow.

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A MISCHIEVOUS comedy set in the “permissive society” of the 1960s is coming to Gorleston’s Pavilion Theatre tomorrow.

Entertaining Mr Sloane is written by Joe Orton and directed by Lee Johnson.

The plot stars middle-aged homebody Kath and her brother Ed, who are more than happy to accommodate the young and extremely sexy Mr Sloane into their home.

Both become so infatuated with the shady young tenant with a murky past – to win him they will let him get away with anything – perhaps even murder.

First produced in 1964 when The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of a swinging London and the impending sexual revolution, Joe Orton’s wickedly biting comedy sparked controversy with its mischievous peep at the hypocrisy behind the ‘new’ permissive society of the 1960’s and the British fascination with sex.

Entertaining Mr. Sloane continues to be revived all around the world for a very good reason – it is very sexy and very funny.

Despite its success in performance, it was not until the London production of Loot in 1966 – less than a year before Joe Orton’s untimely death – that theatre audiences and critics began to more fully appreciate the originality of Entertaining Mr Sloane and Orton’s elegant, alarming and hilarious writing.

Orton is infamous as the taboo-tweaking British playwright who delighted in loading his dialogue with satirical insights and racy double-entendres. While Orton’s plays live on today, he is perhaps best known for his brutal murder in 1967 when he was bludgeoned to death at 34 by his jealous lover Kenneth Halliwell.

Not only is Entertaining Mr Sloane a good old fashioned sex romp for an autumn’s night, Orton’s gleefully amoral tone still has the power to upset the prudish amongst us. So make sure you leave your puritanical morals at the door and have your laughing glands ready to be stimulated!

Director, Lee Johnson, is co-founder and Artistic Director of Nudge Arts, for whom he has directed, Ruffian on the Stair (Orton) Building on Sand (Booker) and Passion Play (Nichols).

He studied at the University of Bedfordshire and is about to complete a Masters in Theatre Direction at the University of East Anglia.

For more information: www.leejohnson.biz

Nudge Arts is a multi-arts company based in Lowestoft, Suffolk that maintains a creative home for the community.

Working predominantly in theatre and film, Nudge Arts has produced a documentary film about dementia in collaboration with the NHS. Nudge Arts also look to work with people from marginalised groups in the community.

The company produces theatre from well-known plays to new writing.

For more information: www.nudge-arts.com

For tickets, call 01493 662832.

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