Joe Orton: Discover the man behind the drama

Tim Desmond at National Justice Museum

Loot, 1965


Joe Orton Collection at the University of Leicester © Orton Estate


£10,000 raised
46 funders

Funded 6 June 2017

0% funded

100% funded

This summer we need your help to create a special exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary life of playwright Joe Orton and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. For the first time, the exhibition will explore the fascinating aspects of crime in Orton's life and work including the defacement of the library books; his trial and imprisonment and his murder and legacy. The exhibition will display items from the University of Leicester’s Orton Archive including the Morocco diary and new artwork by Joe's nephew, artist David Lock, in response to the work of this uncle.

We need your help to raise £10,000 to make this exhibition happen. Together, we can celebrate the life and work of Joe Orton and continue to ensure that his legacy lives on. Please help us make this exhibition happen and get some great rewards in return. Thank you!

Five great reasons to support our campaign

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton's death. Here are five great reasons why you should support our campaign to create an exhibition to commemorate Joe... Read more

Interview with Joe Orton’s nephew, artist David Lock

Getting to know artist David Lock... Read more

Reward highlight

The history of the defaced library books... Read more

Interview with Dr Emma Parker and Bev Baker

Getting to know our exhibition curators, Dr Emma Parker and Bev Baker... Read more

A big thank you to all of our donors so far

Your support is helping us to create an exhibition that marks 50 years since a major landmark in LGBT rights – the decriminalisation of homosexuality and 50 years since the untimely death of playwright Joe Orton... Read more

A beginner's guide to Joe Orton

Ten interesting facts about Joe Orton... Read more

Exciting update!

Local business pledges £5,000 match funding towards Joe Orton campaign... Read more

Countdown - one week to go!

Calling all Joe Orton fans!... Read more

We've reached our target!

A HUGE thank you to all our donors... Read more

For funders only

Invitation to exhibition launch at the National Justice Museum

Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton... Read more

For funders only

Behind the scenes of Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton

For Joe Orton: Discover the man behind the drama... Read more

Last chance to see Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton

It’s the final week to see Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton... Read more

With thanks to...

Nick Easterman

Michael Matthews

Julian Penniston-Hill

Rebecca Reynolds

Jonathan Teare

Susan Wayne

Kate Woodford

Emily Shorter

Jennifer Spencer

Beccy Spurr

Daisy Allsop

Justin Gamblin

James Pennington

Penelope Reeve

Tony Bates

Francesca Coppa

Holly Bee

Louise Clarke

Lucy Garnett

Anra Kennedy

Andy Churchill

Nikolai Foster

Benoit Ivernel

Jennifer Mabbott

Colin Mackenzie-Blackman

Becky Rawling

Paul Bowden

Lauren Cooke

Joanne Kingdom

Barbara Matthews

Hendryk Korzeniowski

Roger Cook

Karin Koller

Kathryn Biles

Robin Fairfield

Genia Blum

Ian Devlin

Jeff Allen

Sharron Preston

Rebekah Wood

Elisabeth Basford

David Edgley

Maxine Jones

Mary Pitt

Nicola Burley


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