Breaking Boundaries: Joe Orton and Me exhibition project

Soft Touch Arts has worked with young people from the Saffron Lane estate, where Joe Orton grew up, and other parts of Leicester to produce an exhibition inspired by the life, work and legacy of the Leicester-born playwright. This is one of three events in Leicester that mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the Leicester-born playwright.

It explores the boundaries that Joe Orton had to overcome as a working class gay man in order to succeed in the 1960s and uses this to create artworks exploring their own boundaries and ways they have overcome these using Joe Orton as inspiration.  Each group has worked around a sub-theme to produce an item for the exhibition which range from a stunning centrepiece celebrating his creative work to an interactive board game looking at the challenges and opportunities of living on the Saffron Lane Estate.

We have worked closely with the University of Leicester on this project and some of the groups have visited the Joe Orton archive at the University.  Students from the University have produced the text panels.



This project has been made possible with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and match funding from Saffron Ward, the Maud Elkington Charitable Trust and the Nicholson Memorial Fund.

You can find more information about our upcoming exhibition here.