1. To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s most talented playwrights, Joe Orton and mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Just two weeks before Joe’s death, the Sexual Offences Act 1967 was introduced by Parliament.
2. Help us to create an exhibition that pays homage to Joe’s principle format of work – plays. The exhibition will also display his Morocco diary and archival material from the University of Leicester’s Orton Archive, providing an opportunity for Orton lovers to examine these items close-up and explore the role of crime in his life and work.
3. Donors will have the opportunity to receive unique limited-edition rewards! These include badges, prints and a private view of the Orton Archive at the University of Leicester with Dr. Emma Parker. The top reward is an original artwork by Joe Orton’s nephew, artist David Lock, titled ‘Dying Light’ which represents and explores masculinities in formation and was created exclusively for the exhibition.
4. Enable artist David Lock, create a large collage installation, inspired by the collage from Joe Orton’s and Kenneth Halliwell’s infamous London bedsit, on the walls of the exhibition.
5. In April 2017, the National Justice Museum reopened following a Heritage Lottery Fund redevelopment, carrying out much-needed work to enable more of its significant collection to go on display and provide bigger and better exhibition spaces for visitors. Free to all, this special exhibition hopes to inspire the next generation of playwrights.
By donating to this campaign you will not only help pay homage to the life and work of Joe Orton, but help us mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Thank you for your support!