Writer and Theatre Critic John Lahr in conversation with Psychoanalyst Don Campbell

Photo by Lucy Aplin

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Venue: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street London EC1V 4NB

Date: Thursday 9 February 2012

John Lahr, the author of "Prick Up Your Ears", the acclaimed biography of Joe Orton and the senior drama critic of the New Yorker, will be in conversation with psychoanalyst Don Campbell. The discussion will take place at the Islington Museum in the midst of an exhibition of some of the library book covers which Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, his partner and murderer, famously doctored and for which they were sent to prison.

John Lahr's fifty year career as a writer, critic, biographer, and playwright--he's the only critic ever to win a Tony Award--has been distinguished by its insight, candor, and compassion. Among the topics that will be explored are: the nature of comedy, the function of criticism, the pitfalls of biography, narcissism and celebrity, and the relationship between sexuality, aggression, and creativity.

John Lahr is the senior drama critic of The New Yorker, where he has written about theatre and popular culture since 1992. Among his eighteen books are Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr and Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton, which was made into a film.

He has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Lahr, whose stage adaptations have been performed around the world, received a Tony Award for co-writing Elaine Stritch at Liberty.

Don Campbell is a past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, former Secretary General of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and served as Chairman of the Portman Clinic, a National Health Service outpatient facility, where he worked for 30 years. He has written on the subjects of violence, suicide, child sexual abuse and adolescence.

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