Joe Orton Laid Bare – BBC2 Documentary – British Comedy Guide


A guide to Joe Orton Laid Bare, the 2017 BBC Two TV documentary about playwright Joe Orton. Fifty years since his murder at the hands of his lover Kenneth Halliwell, Joe Orton Laid Bare charts Joe's meteoric rise, one which began after his imprisonment for defacing library books in 1962. The film celebrates the rapid development of his … Continue reading Joe Orton Laid Bare – BBC2 Documentary – British Comedy Guide

Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit


via Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit For many of us, the political protest, music, and fashion of the 1960s and 1970s are the most recognizable aspects of the countercultural revolution. But the literature of that era can provide a window into that movement’s values, its struggles, and the society it was … Continue reading Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit

Up and At Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton


London,9 August, 1967. At the height of his short-lived fame, Joe Orton – anarchic playwright and cause célèbre of the English theatre –is found murdered at 25 Noel Road, Islington, his brains bashed in by his long-term lover and one-time collaborator Kenneth Halliwell. Divided in life by Orton’s hard-won success as a writer, the two are … Continue reading Up and At Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton

Introduction: Who Owns the Words Owns the Writer

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Time speeds along the straights, slows at the corners, smashes through the gates. Unknown destinations broaden the mind. Brakes scream where they must. Under the Counterculture is a celebration of left-field thinking, mad ideas and strange truths from the underground - music, literature, art and philosophy, science, sex, drugs and technology -back-projected from the past, … Continue reading Introduction: Who Owns the Words Owns the Writer

Up and At Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton


Words by Leon Horton Artwork by Stephen James “God laughs and snaps his fingers. The only thing for man to do is snap his fingers back.” – The Boy Hairdresser (1960), Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell London,9 August, 1967. At the height of his short-lived fame, Joe Orton – anarchic playwright and cause célèbre of … Continue reading Up and At Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton