UK: School bans play fearing community tensions

A production of a new play about the British National Party and homophobia has been pulled from the stage in Dudley. Philip Ridley’s Moonfleece was due to be performed at the Mill Theatre – based in Daunton Community School – on Thursday, two days before a protest by the English Defense League was scheduled in the town. The play was pulled by the school on the basis that “some of the issues raised within the play were [not] suitable for a school or community setting”. The production already toured some of the country’s most racially-sensitive areas without protest. In 2004, Birmingham Repertory Theatre was forced to close a play which depicted rape and murder in a Sikh temple, after it prompted riots from the city’s Sikh community.