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The Orton Diaries

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On the floor, naked, his hands, chest and bald head streaked with his victim's blood, lay the body of Orton's 41-year-old gay lover, Kenneth Halliwell, who had died within 30 seconds from a massive overdose of Nembutal, pre-deceasing the murdered man by several hours.

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When Joyce wrote Ulysses, Orwell commented that it was ‘a matter of daring just as much of technique – to expose the imbecilities of the inner mind’. Their aerosol polish no longer dazzles and their subject-matter has ceased to shock even Orton’s middle-class invention, the permanently outraged Edna Welthorpe.The stage version of Prick Up Your Ears, written by Simon Bent, opened on the West End in London at the Comedy Theatre on 17 September 2009. Fifty years ago the playwright Joe Orton was bludgeoned to death by his boyfriend at the peak of his career.

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Joe was a brilliant, creative, cutting-edge playwright who was just coming into his own when he was killed violently by his long-time partner. They pulled down the statue of Bristol merchant and Tory MP Edward Colston over his links to the slave trade.He would proposition any attractive male who took his fancy, myself included, regardless of their persuasion.

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How awful,’ Orton shudders, much like the rest of us, ‘to be alone in a house knowing that no one cared when you died.Yet, without being surprising, or even out of the ordinary, the Wilkins family could hardly be described as typical or average – any more than any other family, in all probability. In 1965 Joe Orton visited the American Embassy in London to get a visa to attend the Broadway production of his outrageous West End hit 'Entertaining Mr Sloane' and was caught up in a Kafkaesque world of oppression and paranoia. Within a year, Sloane was performed in New York, Spain, Israel, and Australia as well as made into a film (after Orton's death) and a television play.

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