The Ruffian On The Stair
Working class comic play by Joe Orton about a couple whose lives are disrupted by a young visitor
- Comedy Drama
- BBC Radio 3
- Gerard Horan, Sophie Thompson and Jack Rowan
- Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell
- Mary Peate
Broadcast as part of the BBC's Gay Britannia season, this is the first of two plays forming Crimes of Passion, a double-bill of Joe Orton plays (the other being The Erpingham Camp) recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre to mark the 50th anniversary of Orton's death, plus an interview with Kenneth Cranham, a close friend of Orton's who played several key roles in his plays.
The Ruffian On The Stair adapted from the novel The Boy Hairdresser by Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell, the play follows working class couple Mike and Joyce (Gerard Horan and Sophie Thompson) whose lives are interrupted by a young, mysterious visitor named Wilson (Jack Rowan).