ICYMI: Joe Orton in social isolation + Annabel Capper


Apart from Annabel Capper, Armitage has two connections to Joe Orton: they were both from Leicester, and in Love, Love, Love, Sandra references Orton briefly (that was how I learned who he was). If you were not able to tune in at that time, the reading has been preserved on FB Live here. The whole evening is included, but the play starts around 17:40. Annabel Capper directs AND plays the role of Kath. More about the play is here. Orton’s not everyone’s thing, but I definitely appreciated the very bitter humor and I thought it wasn’t bad even though the actors were socially distanced.

Capper appeared in Bedlam’s Pygmalion in 2018. I could never figure out whether Capper just didn’t get the lucky break that would let her hit the bigtime despite her considerable talents, or if this sort of elevated cooperative / people’s theater that has been home to a lot of her work appealed more to her goals. In any case, she is definitely funny here! Click here for posts on this blog about Capper’s career.

The production was performed for the benefit of the Equal Justice Initiative. You can read more about them and donate here.

~ by Servetus on July 10, 2020.

4 Responses to “ICYMI: Joe Orton in social isolation + Annabel Capper”

  1. Oh, I must try to find this. I love Joe Orton.


  2. Oh, thank you for the link. I was only able to catch a few minutes on the fly after RA posted about it; I enjoyed what little I saw and will now watch the whole thing. I’ve seen plenty of music performed over Zoom like this during lockdown but this was the first theater I’ve seen this way and I found it surprisingly interesting as a new format (even if it’s not my preference). I don’t want to belabor this point, but it was sweet to see that RA feels freer to talk about Capper now that more is public about his current personal life. I don’t think he would have made such a post a year ago. I have asked myself the same questions about Capper’s career, including whether the kind of theater she does might be her first choice. But meanwhile, she actually did have a little break this spring: she had a bit part in four episodes of the ABC legal/prison drama For Life. I watched one episode (8) and she did well playing a political campaign staffer and had a nice American accent. Seeing her (briefly) in the Orton piece after that underscored her talent and range.


    • I saw that on imdB but I didn’t get a chance to look at it. I have felt over the years like I didn’t get to see her best work. When I wrote this post I looked back over the stuff of hers that I’d managed to assemble and realized that probably the stuff she’s most pleased with was all theatre work.

      I’m glad he’s able to promote her work as well. I imagine there were certain negative externalities to being practically the only single woman he was ever captured with in a picture apart from women in relationships and colleagues.


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