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Loot by Joe Orton
Book DescriptionA black farce masterpiece, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, Hal and Dennis. Dennis is a hearse driver for an undertaker. They have robbed the bank next door to the funeral parlour and have returned to Hal's home to hide-out with the loot. Hal's mother has just died and the pair put the money in her coffin, hiding the body elsewhere in the house. With the arrival of Inspector Truscott, the thickened plot turns topsy-turvy. Playing with all the conventions of popular farce, Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detail English attitudes at mid-century. The play has been called a Freudian nightmare, which sports with superstitions about death - and life. It is regularly produced in professional and amateur productions. First produced in London in 1966, Loot was hailed as "the most genuinely quick-witted, pungent and sprightly entertainment by a new, young British playwright for a decade" (Sunday Telegraph). The Student Edition offers a plot summary, full commentary, character notes and questions for study, besides a chronology and bibliography.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780413567604
(198mm x 129mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 27-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joe Orton
'Entertaining Mr Sloane', Paperback (May 2014)
An anniversary edition of Entertaining Mr Sloane, with a new critical introduction, which offers an opportunity to reappraise both Orton's reputation as a playwright and the status of his play, plus a selection of previously unpublished photographs from the Orton archive.
Orton Diaries, Paperback (June 2013)
Unexpurgated insight into the life of one of British theatre's most controversial figures of the 1960's
Methuen Drama Book of Plays from the Sixties, Paperback (January 2008)
This collection contains major works by some of the most important playwrights to emerge during the late fifties and early sixties, many of them collectively labelled "Angry Young Men", most of them associated with the Royal Court Theatre.
Boy Hairdresser, Hardback (June 1999)» View all books by Joe Orton
Two novels marking the beginning and the end of the seven-year-long writing partnership of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell. "Lord Cucumber" is a camp pastiche of a Mills and Boon romance, and "The Boy Hairdresser" tells of the tortured relationship of two rootless young men.
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Author Biography - Joe Orton
Joe Orton was born in Leicester in 1933. He joined RADA in 1951, where he met his mentor and lover Kenneth Halliwell. Living on the dole (and briefly in prison, for defacing library books) the two collaborated on novels, though Orton's solo writing brought him more fame. His openly gay lifestyle has turned him into an iconic figure. He was murdered by Halliwell in 1967.
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