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The Good and Faithful Servant

Written by

Joe Orton

~playauthor~Written by~ Joe Orton

Methuen Drama, 1976

World Classics

Playtext

Scenes: 19, Roles: Total (6), Female (3), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...The Good and Faithful Servant is a bitterly comic one-act play, an ironic commentary on lives wasted in corporate servitude. Buchanan is about to retire after fifty years as a commissionaire for the same firm. He is proud...

Funeral Games

Written by

Joe Orton

~playauthor~Written by~ Joe Orton

Methuen Drama, 1976

World Classics

Playtext

Scenes: 8, Roles: Total (5), Female (1), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Irreverently morbid, impeccably witty and viciously satiric, Funeral Games is a black farce of unconventional piety. Caulfield, a self-confessed member of the criminal classes, is hired as a private investigator...

The Erpingham Camp

Written by

Joe Orton

~playauthor~Written by~ Joe Orton

Methuen Drama, 1976

World Classics

Playtext

Scenes: 11, Roles: Total (10), Female (3), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Orton sets The Bacchae in a Butlin’s resort, staging a holidaymakers' revolution as dictatorial jocularity becomes ludicrous anarchy. The camp is run by the martinet Erpingham, who rules his redcoats with an iron fist,...

The Visitors

Written by

Joe Orton

~playauthor~Written by~ Joe Orton

Nick Hern Books, 1998

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (9), Female (7), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Joe Orton’s The Visitors was written in 1961, just a year before his arrest for defacing library books and two years before writing his masterpiece, Entertaining Mr Sloane. The play tells the story of the fractious...

Fred and Madge

Written by

Joe Orton

~playauthor~Written by~ Joe Orton

Nick Hern Books, 2014

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (10), Female (4), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...Written in 1959 when he was only 26 years old, Fred and Madge was Joe Orton’s very first play and has been rarely produced since its composition. The title characters of the play seem to be the stereotypical middle-aged...

What the Butler Saw

Written by

Joe Orton

~playauthor~Written by~ Joe Orton

Methuen Drama, 1969

Modern Classics

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (6), Female (2), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Orton’s masterpiece of farce is set in a psychiatrist’s office in which sanity is hard to come by. Studded with Orton’s inimitable epigrams and subversive wit, it is a precise frenzy of nudity, sexuality, accidental transvestism and manic...

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Written by

Joe Orton

~playauthor~Written by~ Joe Orton

Methuen Drama, 2001

Modern Classics

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (4), Female (1), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Sharp, alarming and hilarious, Entertaining Mr Sloane is a subversive black comedy of unscrupulous sexual manipulation. In three deft acts, Orton tells the mischievously provocative story of Mr Sloane, a sly and handsome...

The Ruffian on the Stair

Written by

Joe Orton

~playauthor~Written by~ Joe Orton

Methuen Drama, 1976

World Classics

Playtext

Scenes: 5, Roles: Total (3), Female (1), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Orton’s first play, the one-act The Ruffian on the Stair is a claustrophobic black comedy about two domesticated criminals and a menacing stranger. It is two years since Mike persuaded Joyce to give up a rather dubious...

Loot

Written by

Joe Orton

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Andrew Mayne

Edited by

Andrew Mayne

~playauthor~Written by~ Joe Orton , Andrew Mayne ~playauthor~Edited by~ Andrew Mayne

Methuen Drama, 2006

Student Editions

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (6), Female (1), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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... Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detail English attitudes at mid-century. Loot was first staged in 1965 at Cambridge, and though the first production was not a success, the play soon received acclaim as a masterwork of dark farce and morbid comedy....