Joe Orton work to be broadcast



Joe Orton | Getty | 16102gh

A previously unpublished story by Joe Orton will be turned into a radio play by crime writer Jake Arnott. The story is about his struggle to secure a US visa to see one of his plays open on Broadway.

The Visa Affair will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Leonie Orton-Barnett, the playwright’s younger sister who oversees his literary estate, suggested Mr Arnott adapt Mr Orton’s work for radio.

The 20-page story follows Orton’s Kafkaesque visit to the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square in 1965 for a visa so that he could attend the Broadway opening of his hit play “Entertaining Mr Sloane”, which became a film.



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