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

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

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