Since the premiere of 'Entertaining Mr. Sloane' in the West End in 1964, the play has been met with controversy.
Kath lives with her father and brings home a lodger: the amoral and psychopathic Mr. Sloane. Her father recognises him and challenges Mr. Sloane's honesty but when her brother arrives, things become complicated. Both siblings are involved in a sexual struggle for Mr. Sloane who plays one off against the other while their father gets caught in the cross fire.
Critics publicly disagreed about Orton's talent, comparing commercial success with artistic value and failing to see his originality. He tapped into the language and mood of the sixties; reinventing farce for a twentieth century audience, using colloquial language to create savage humour.
The York Actor's Collective is a group of like-minded actors whose aim is to produce entertaining and thought provoking theatre. 'Entertaining Mr Sloane' is our first production.