The Ruffian on the Stair

by  Joe Orton

Short Play  /  2m, 1f

This is the underside of society-- a casual laborer and his doxy. One day a strange man appears asking for a room. He begins taunting the woman and comes close to viciousness. The next day he returns, but this time the casual laborer is there too. We can now piece things together...

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The Ruffian on the Stair

by  Joe Orton

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This is the underside of society-- a casual laborer and his doxy. One day a strange man appears asking for a room. He begins taunting the woman and comes close to viciousness. The next day he returns, but this time the casual laborer is there too. We can now piece things together: the laborer has killed by hit and run the homosexual lover and brother of the other man. So he pretends to ravish the doxy, and forces the laborer to shoot him. It is a crime of passion. Produced at the Royal Court.
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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, hi ...

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