Thurs 7th October - Sat 9th October - Tues 12th October - Sat 16th October 1982
Directed by David Urqhuart
It may be Swinging 60s London but out in the suburbs, behind closed doors, Kath is lonely. Craving love and affection, Kath and her bachelor brother take a lodger. Soon both become infatuated with the shady young tenant with a murky past - Mr Sloane. Be prepared for murder, blackmail and dark secrets.
The story centres around Sloane, a handsome but shady young man who enters the household of siblings Ed and Kath. Middle-aged Kath is instantly attracted to Sloane, as is Ed and a fight for Sloane's affection ensues. However, as Sloane's murky past and psychopathic nature are revealed, the balance of power starts to shift. Joe Orton's, first play, 'Entertaining Mr Sloane' and its themes of oedipal conflict, bisexuality and violence caused outrage when it premiered in London's West End in 1964.
Bizarrely, Orton himself added his own voice to that of the dissenters in pseudonym form, regularly complaining about his own plays to The Daily Telegraph as a Mrs Edna Welthorpe. An example of such corespondence following a performance of this play, is as follows: "As a playgoer of forty years may I sincerely agree with Peter Parnell in his condemnation of Entertaining Mr Sloane. I myself was nauseated by this endless parade of mental and physical perversion. And to be told that such a disgusting piece of filth now passes for humour. Today's young playwrights take it upon themselves to flaunt their contempt for ordinary decent people. I hope that the ordinary decent people will strike back!". It was just this sort of mischief which Orton revelled in, and of course which helped him to generate controversy (and column inches).
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.
|Stage Manager||Jo German|
|Set||Peter Holding |