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Loot by Joe Orton

Where
New Theatre
New Theatre
542 King Street, Newtown NSW 2000
When

Thursdays to Saturdays, 7:30pm to 5:30pm Sundays, 5pm to 7pm Thursday 12 October 2023 to Friday 3 November 2023 Saturday 4 November 2023 from 2pm to 4pm

Cost

Adult: $35Concession: $30

“Euthanasia is against my religion so I decided to murder her.”

Young thieves (and lovers) Hal and Dennis need a place to stash the cash from a bank robbery.

The coffin of Hal’s recently-deceased mother, currently at home awaiting burial by her bereaved husband Mr McLeavy, is the perfect solution.

There only one hitch: where can they hide the body?

The arrival on the scene of Inspector Truscott, a corrupt and nosy policeman investigating the heist, puts a spanner in the works.

To get out of the jam, the boys are forced to trust Fay, the late Mrs McLeavy’s much-married nurse, and enlist her help in return for a share of the loot.

This blistering queer black comedy eviscerates the hypocrisies of church, state and social niceties, the farce bouncing wildly between the ordinary and the outrageous.

Coming after the success of Entertaining Mr Sloane, it confirmed Orton as one of the most daring and original voices of his generation.

Winner: 1966 Evening Standard Award for Best Play

“Rude, blasphemous, corrosive, articulate, verbally dextrous and howlingly funny” Sunday Express

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