Entertaining Mr Sloane (Modern Plays) by Joe Orton, Emma Parker

By Joe Orton, Emma Parker

Published fifty years after the optimum of Entertaining Mr Sloane in 1964, and with a brand new advent, this anniversary version bargains a chance to reappraise Joe Orton's attractiveness, and the prestige of his first significant play, from a twenty-first century standpoint.

When it first seemed within the Swinging Sixties, Orton's satire on social and sexual hypocrisy either scandalized and thrilled audiences. Its mixture of sexuality and violence used to be explosive. inside a yr, the play used to be being played all over the world and went directly to be tailored for movie and tv, setting up Orton as a tremendous voice and this play as some of the most ground-breaking of the century. This anniversary version positive aspects formerly unpublished fabric from the Joe Orton Archive, an interview with director Nick Bagnall, and an advent by way of Emma Parker, Senior Lecturer in English on the college of Leicester.

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Chapitre premier : Caligula dans l'histoire 29 Malgré ses prérogatives colossales, il n'a pu empêcher, comme son homologue historique, la mort de Drusilla. Toute sa puissance s'est avérée soudain inutile. A la lumière de cet échec, il saisit d'un seul coup la relativité de sa grandeur, sa précarité foncière25. Face au pouvoir absolu, sans commune mesure, de l'empereur, l'absurde non seulement demeure, il se fait d'autant plus évident, intolérable, devient le scandale des scandales. Le plus haut des sommets procure donc aux Césars qui l'occupent une vue d'une clarté inégalable sur leur propre condition et sur celle de l'espèce dans son ensemble.

Sa jeunesse est également soulignée, comme déjà chez les Romains, qui avaient décerné au neveu, ainsi qu'auparavant à l'oncle, le titre de “prince de la jeunesse” : à seulement 16 ans, Néron accède à la dignité la plus élevée que jamais homme ait détenue dans l'histoire. 47 Pline l'Ancien, Histoire naturelle, éd. et trad. A. Ernout, Paris, Belles Lettres, 1963, VII, 6. 48 Eutrope, Abrégé d'histoire romaine, éd. et trad. J. Hellegouarch, Paris, Belles Lettres, 1999, VII, 14; Orose, Histoires, éd.

Clayton (op. , p. 165) s'est penché sur ce passage des Carnets sans le relier à la nouvelle de Grenier. 36 Roland Auguet, Caligula ou le pouvoir à vingt ans, Paris, Payot, 1984, p. 50. Chapitre premier : Caligula dans l'histoire 35 Auguet (p. 63, 72). Paraître dans les cérémonies officielles, attirer tous les regards pour frapper l'opinion, est un acte publicitaire, à la fois théâtral et politique. Les empereurs ultérieurs Claude, Néron ainsi que quelques autres poursuivront ces pratiques. ). Mais une part importante de la théâtralité de Caligula ne répond pas à une nécessité politique et semble plus mystérieuse et plus originale.

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