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LGBT+ History Month Lecture: Seeing homosexuality in Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw

Lecture led by Dr Emma Parker, University of Leicester

Date/Time: Tuesday 19 February, 17:30

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

‘I’m from the gutter’, Leonie Orton on her brother Joe Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw (1969) features no gay characters, yet homosexuality is the absent centre of his final play. In the first half of this talk marking LGBT+ History Month, Emma Parker explores how Orton’s queer black comedy subverts sexual double standards, mocks heteronormativity and challenges discourses of deviance. In the second Leonie Orton will read from her memoir, I Had it In Me (2016), in which she explores the origins of her brother’s outrageous humour, in his home town of Leicester and in the Orton family


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