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Loot - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy


Joe Orton

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

5m, 1f

ISBN: 9780802132154

"Seethes with black, baleful mirth. Cudgels traditional morality."-Associated Press

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Full Length Play

Dark Comedy


Cutting Approved for Competition

Interior Set

A masterpiece of black farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves. Dennis works for an undertaker. Hal's old Mum has just died. They rob the bank next door to the funeral parlour and find just the place to hide the loot. With the money hidden in Mum's coffin, there's no place for Mum whose body keeps re-appearing at the most inopportune times. When Inspector Truscott turns up, the already thickened plot goes topsy-turvy. Loot saw its premiere in London in 1966 and remains on of the most potent works from this master of the macabre.


"Seethes with black, baleful mirth. Cudgels traditional morality. - Associated Press

"...sure to please anyone who loves black comedy" - Broadwayworld.com 

"...comic time bomb going off exactly on schedule and obliterating all in its radius with outlandish entertainment" - Huffington Post

"Get your handkerchiefs ready - not for tears - for ways to stifle your laughter" - Middletown Press

"LOOT is a hoot!" - WMNR Fine Arts Radio



5m, 1f

Joe Orton

Joe Orton

Joe Orton (1933 – 1967) was born John Kingsley Orton in Leicester and from the age of two, lived on the Saffron Lane council estate. After winning a scholarship to RADA in 1951, he met Kenneth Halliwell, an actor and writer seven years his senior. Halliwell would become Orton’s friend, mentor, lover and, eventually, his murderer. Between 1964 and 1967, Joe Orton contributed to an exciting working ... view full profile

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