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Joe Orton wrote seven plays between 1964 and 67. The Ruffian on the Stair was his first play, written for radio and broadcast in 1964. Orton met with a violent death in 1967, age 34. He has been described as 'the Oscar Wilde of the Welfare State gentility'"Madame, Life's a piece in bloom
Death goes dogging everywhere
She's the tenant of the room
He's the ruffian on the stair"
W E Henley
The action take splace over two days in winter in the mid-sixties. It is et in a dingy bed-sit, where Joyce, an ex-prostitute, lives with Mike. Into their lives comes a trougbled young man, known only as Wilson.
Presented as one of three plays at the MADF One Act Drama Festival where is won two awards.
|Directed by||Adrienne Sanderson|
|Back Stage Crew|
|Set Design & Construction||John Hayes, Peter Alibone, Frank Sanderson|
|Props||Thelma Floate, Jackie Alibone, Jane Clark|
|Lights & Sound||Caroline Cole, Terry Driscome|
|Back Stage||Vicky Kelsall, Tania Quine, Jane McGreggor Edwards|