Entertaining Mr Sloane
By Joe Orton
19 June – 20 July 2012
A delicious satire on society which playfully inverts the clichés of middle-class morality to create a brilliant queer comedy.
It may be Swinging 60s London, but out in dreary suburbia middle-aged Kath is lonely and desperate. At the local library she meets ‘Mr Sloane’ – a charming and beautiful young man – and invites him back to her home to take up residence in the spare room.
Soon Kath and her bachelor brother Ed, both infatuated with the charismatic lodger, are vying for possession of his body while he manipulates their sexual greed to his own advantage. Only the suspicions of their father, Kemp, threaten this cosy set up – but it’s nothing that can’t be sorted.
From the writer of Loot and What The Butler Saw, this is a gloriously rebellious and anarchic romp: wickedly funny, sexily subversive and very, very naughty.
Director Rosane McNamara
Set and Costume Designer Marissa Dale-Johnson
Construction Designer Nick Catran
Lighting Designer Chris Page
Assistant Director Sharron Olivier
Dialect Coaches Emma Harris, Helen Tonkin
Alice Livingstone, Brynn Loosemore, Frank McNamara, Pete Nettell
Wed – Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm
Full $30 | Concession $25 | Groups (10+) $25 | Previews (19 & 20 June @ 8pm) $15
“Pay What You Can” Sunday 24 June @ 5pm | Student Rush $17
2.5 hrs including interval
“The seediest love triangle in theatre history … Even now, Orton can generate a sharp intake of breath from an audience. Go be that audience. You’ll enjoy it” Jason Blake, SMH
“Orton’s play, with its erky-perky characters can still make us laugh, cringe, wince, ooh and aah (though more like aagh!) … Entertaining Mr Sloane is grandly, gorgeously, sumptuously grotesque and New Theatre’s production is as good as any you’re ever likely to see.” Crikey
“You must go and see this, it was theatre as theatre should be, a great night of entertainment.” What’s On Sydney
“This is black comedy at its finest, and will inevitably keep its audience torn between rage, bewilderment and laughter as the power of manipulation, charm and lust unfolds before their eyes.” Alternative Media Group
“Almost 50 years on, Joe Orton’s play is still an uncomfortable watch … its grimy dissolution and boundary pushing remain cringe-worthy still … this cast fully in habit the characters’ grubbiest qualities.” Oz Baby Boomers
Photos © Bob Seary