If each of the above was turned into a play and presented on the London stage, people would rightly accuse us of portraying crass and stereotypical characters in an unrealistic manner. Although each case is serious in its own way, what really makes the blood boil is the censorship displayed over the Newtownabbey council decision to pull a show a week before it is due to go on.
Apart from the moral outrage against such a decision, where does it leave the theatre's artistic management? This show would have been booked months ago, the theatre's board obviously had no problem with the show at that time. The theatre's director, whether artistic or executive, must be feeling a bit shitty at the moment.
Of course the decision to pull the show and deny people a chance to see what is actually a world class production throws down a gauntlet to the theatre community of Northern Ireland. Is any other theatre going to step into the breech and take this show on? One would hope so but then again the fundamental religious mindset which is driving much of the narrative in NI would literally put the Fear of God into the hearts of any theatre management who would even consider such a move.
I hope I'm wrong, I hope somebody does stage this show, or even a scratch performance of the play just to show the world that not everyone in NI is bigoted and narrow minded. Whatever next? I know, why not go back to tying up swings in kiddies playgrounds on Sundays - now there's an idea - NOT!