Entertaining Mr Sloan – Joe Orton

Tagora’s first “Asides” play-reading in 2018 will be held on Wednesday 21 March at 18:00 in the rehearsal room. The play is Entertaining Mr Sloane by Joe Orton. The reading is organised by Martyn Symons. The play opened at the New Arts Theatre, London, on 6 May 1964. Reviews were mixed, as the play caused outrage in certain circles. However, it was voted joint “best New Play” later that year and was subsequently performed world-wide and made into a film. Martyn has prepared the following summary:

Sharp, alarming and hilarious, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, is a subversive black comedy of unscrupulous sexual manipulation.

In three deft acts, Joe Orton tells the mischievously provocative story of Mr. Sloane, a sly handsome young man who works his way into the household of Kath, her brother Ed, and their father.

Kath wants something between a lover and a substitute baby, while Ed, a closeted businessman, has his own needs.  But though the charismatic youth thinks he holds all the cards with both brother and sister vying for his attention, the play soon becomes a shameless and unnerving tangle of sex, blackmail, bribery and violence.