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A big surprise,
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This review is from: Complete Plays: "Entertaining Mr. Sloane", "Loot", "What the Butler Saw", "The Ruffian on the Stair", "The Erpingham Camp", "Funeral Games", and "The ... "Funeral Games" "Good and Faithful Servant" (Paperback)
I joined a play-reading group with virtually no knowledge of drama post 18th Century. In my first term we started to read Joe Orton's plays, which I got via Amazon for the princely sum of One Penny (plus p and p)from the Bournemouth Oxfam. (Highly recommended). We read LOOT first, and then WHAT THE BUTLER SAW and THE ERPINGHAM CAMP. It was a revelation to me - highly intelligent writing, with a serious theme in the background (our hypocrisy about death; the ludicrous side of the medical profession; a parody of a Butlin's holiday camp) and also extremely and wickedly funny. The play-reading had to stop once or twice because the readers were laughing so hard they were crying. I highly recommend Orton's work and am very pleased to have the rest of the plays.