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INSIGHTS Revisited: Seeing homosexuality in Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw by Dr Emma Parker and Leonie Orton

Dr Emma Parker, University of Leicester and Leonie Orton, Author

Date/Time: Tuesday 23 June 2020, 17:30 - 18:30

2019 LGBT+ History Month Lecture 

Introduction by Dr Gareth Longstaff, Deputy Head of Media, Culture, Heritage and Chair of Rainbow@ncl 

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 which marked LGBT+ History Month, Emma Parker explored how Orton’s queer black comedy subverts sexual double standards, mocks heteronormativity and challenged discourses of deviance. In the second half, Leonie Orton read from her memoir, I Had it In Me (2016), in which she explored the origins of her brother’s outrageous humour, in his home town of Leicester and in the Orton family.

Join us on Tuesday 23 June to watch the lecture with fellow audience members and take part in the conversation online.