Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)
Producer - short animation
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of playwright Joe Orton’s death on 9 August 1967, filmmaker Chris Shepherd and academic Dr Emma Parker have created the ‘Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)’ project. I assisted them with the fundraising and produced the 5 minute animation. The project also included new writing by renowned comedy writers, a creative writing competition, and special events at Latitude Festival 2017, The Little Theatre in Leicester and Encounters Festival 2017, and was featured on the BBC Arts website in November 2017.
The animated short features two of Orton’s original Edna Welthorpe Letters of complaint and their responses, and is stylistically inspired by Orton & Halliwell’s defaced library book covers. The film is voiced by Alison Steadman and Robin Sebastian, and features the animation talents of Chris Shepherd, Jocie Juritz, Hannah McNally & Martha Halliday, and Tom Fisher.
The animation is available to rent from Vimeo on Demand, see video to the right.
The project is supported by the University of Leicester and Arts Council England.
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