Socialist Worker

Anti-BNP play banned in Dudley

Issue No. 2195

A performance of the critically acclaimed play Moonfleece, which deals with the BNP, has been cancelled by Dudley’s Mill Theatre.

It was scheduled for 1 April—two days before the planned English Defence League protest in the town.

“We are all angry and upset,” Will Young, the producer of the play, told Socialist Worker.

“We have been on tour in areas where the BNP are standing.

“We hold after-show discussions and work to involve people coming to the theatre for the first time.


“We have been to Bradford, Leicester, and Birmingham—there has been no trouble at any performance, and we’ve had a fantastic response.

“The play and discussion allows people to talk about racism and homophobia.

“It is important to have these discussions in Dudley where the BNP won 10 percent of the vote in the last election.

“I find it hard to believe that the EDL are allowed to rally on Saturday while our play is cancelled.”

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