Video interview with street artist released

A video interview with street artist Stewy, who created artwork in our University Library, has now been released.

Stewy created his image of Orton in The Little Theatre and in the Library to mark the 50th anniversary of Orton’s death.

He was interviewed by renowned Orton academic Dr Emma Parker of our School of Arts and her interview with STEWY can be found here, featuring comment from Leicester academics and Nikolai Foster at Curve:

The film features a new song called ‘Hey Joe’ by the group Alberteen, written specially for the 50th anniversary commemorations.

Stewy spray-painted the ‘ghost image’ of playwright Joe Orton in our Library – which he hopes will encourage people to reflect on the legacy of the writer.

The commission was part of a programme of events marking 50 years of the death of Orton. Orton was born in Leicester in 1933 and after winning a scholarship to RADA in 1951, he met Kenneth Halliwell.

Throughout his life, Orton wrote many acclaimed plays including: Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Loot and What the Butler Saw.

Stewy is a British street artist and psychogeographer who makes hand-cut, life-size stencils of British icons in locations specific to each person. His stencil of Joe Orton was originally made outside Islington South Library, London ( 2011), where Orton and his partner Kenneth stole and redesigned books.

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