Joe Orton  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Joe Orton (1 January, 1933, Leicester, England - 9 August, 1967, Islington, London), born John Kingsley Orton, was a satirical modern playwright.

In a short but prolific career from 1964 until his death, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. Ortonesque became a recognised term for "outrageously macabre". He was murdered by his partner Kenneth Halliwell.



  • Head to Toe (published 1971)
  • Between Us Girls (published 2001)
  • Lord Cucumber and The Boy Hairdresser (co-written with Halliwell) (published 2001)

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