Theatre Talk: What the Butler Saw
with Gail Wylie
Taking its title from Victorian seaside peep-show machines, Orton’s dark humour makes for a subversive farce that, as one critic wrote: ‘However liberal or broadminded you may be, there are moments when it is impossible not to wince’. Gail Wylie, without any trigger warnings or spoiler alerts, will attempt to introduce you to the very particular world of Joe Orton.
Chair of the BOOKMARK Book Festival, Gail Wylie began her career in education as an English teacher before joining the adult education department (now called the Centre of Lifelong Learning) at the University of Edinburgh where she became the Course Organiser for Literature and Creative Writing. Over her fourteen years there, she developed the Certificate in Theatre Studies.
Gail has given pre-theatre talks for many visiting productions to Edinburgh’s Festival and King’s Theatres and helped launch the Perth Theatre Season Subscription Theatre Talks in early 2023 along with Joyce Caplan.
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