R | | Biography, Drama
Biographer John Lahr is writing a book about playwright Joe Orton. Joe and Kenneth meet at drama school and live together for ten years as lovers and collaborators. Both want to be writers, but only one of them is successful.
Wallace Shawn (John Lahr) is, in addition to being an actor, an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter. Until her 1991 death, his play agent was Margaret Ramsay, who was also Joe Orton's agent and who appeared in this movie as the character played by Vanessa Redgrave.
On page 53, scene 86, we definitely seem to kiss reality goodbye. "Cut to the boys in bed with Susan, one of them is smoking a joint, he passes it round." Two points there, Joe. One, these boys do not take drugs. They never have taken drugs, they ...
When Joe's agent first meets him in 1964, she asks him how he's been supporting himself. He tells her he's on public assistance, getting £3.10 per week. New pence weren't introduced until 1971. However, in the pre-decimal era, "Three pounds ten" would have been understood as "Three pounds and ten shillings", the present-day equivalent being £3.50. For example, "Maggie Mae", recorded by the Beatles in 1969 but based on a much older traditional song, includes the line "Two pounds ten a week, that was my pay."
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