Past events

Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw

The British Library, London, 23 April 2019

With actors Timothy West and Julia Foster, plus directors John Tillinger and Nikolai Foster.


Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) – Joe Orton’s Prank Letters

The Postal Museum, London, 19 October 2018

Including a reading of the Edna letters by Leonie Orton, a screening of Chris Shepherd’s Edna-inspired animation starring Alison Steadman, and a Q&A session with Emma Parker, Leonie, Chris, and Julie Melrose (Archivist from Islington Local History Centre).


A Screening of Entertaining Mr Sloane (1968)

Homotopia LGBT Festival, Tate Liverpool, Saturday 4 November 2017

Starring Sheila Hancock, introduced by Emma Parker.


Joe Orton and Shakespeare: Collage, Class and Queerness

Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, 26 October 2017

A talk by Emma Parker.


Joe Orton and Me: Breaking Boundaries

Soft Touch: Young People’s Arts and Heritage Centre and Pork Pie Library, Leicester, 9 August –30 December 2017

An exhibition sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund.


Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)

The Little Theatre, Leicester, Wednesday 9 August 2017

A Celebration of Joe Orton.

Frances Barber, Graham Fellows (aka John Shuttleworth), Leonie Orton, Emma Parker, David Quantick, with a special message from Alec Baldwin.


Joe Orton: Working Class, Queer, and Onscreen

British Film Institute, Reuben Library, Monday 7 August 2017


What the Artist Saw: New Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, 29 July – 22 October 2017

An exhibition co-curated by Emma Parker and Michael Petry with Simon Lake, featuring work by David Lock, Louise Plant Stewy, Danielle Vaughan, Tim Youd.

David Lock’s painting ‘El Muniria’, commissioned for this show, was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting prize 2018. The exhibition was featured on BBC East Midlands Today news (27 July, 2017) and ITV Central News (19 October, 2017).


Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton

National Justice Museum, Nottingham, 22 July – 1 October 2017

An exhibition co-curated by Bev Baker and Emma Parker.

Winner of a Special Commendation at the Nottingham Heritage Awards 2018.


Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)

Latitude Festival, Southwold, Sunday 16 July 2017

A Celebration of Joe Orton.

Chris Shephard, Robin Ince, Emma Parker, Leonie Orton.


Joe Orton: Legacy and Influence

Queer and Now: Tate Britain Pride Festival, Saturday 24 June 2017

A Talk by Emma Parker, David Lock and Marilyn Lock.


What the Artist Saw: New Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), London, 5 February – 4 March 2017

An exhibition co-curated by Emma Parker and Michael Petry.


Leonie Orton: I Had it In Me

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, Wednesday 16 November 2016

Join Leonie Orton to discuss her newly published memoir I Had it In Me.

Chaired by Dr Emma Parker.


Joe Orton and 'Shoxbear' with Dr Emma Parker

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, Wednesday 16 November 2016

A free lecture about Orton's relationship to Shakespeare.


Joe Orton’s Loot: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, Sunday 25 September 2016

A day of talks by Orton’s friends, family and fans.


Joe Orton’s Loot: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester 24 September – 30 October 2016

An exhibition of material from the Joe Orton Archive, University of Leicester.

Curator: Dr Samantha Mitschke, AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow, University of Leicester.


An Evening with Kenneth Cranham

Curve Theatre, Leicester, Saturday 24 September 2016

Introduced and chaired by Dr Emma Parker.


Entertaining Mr Sloane: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

University of Leicester, Wednesday 29 June 2014