This is exactly what sharia supremacists want the non-Muslim to do.
You can be assured that the theater was going to bend over backwards in not giving an accurate picture of why muslims are joining the jihad (Islam 101), but not even their placating of these 101’ers would suffice.
NOTE: The more a society islamizes, the more it becomes sharia compliant.
Theatre accused of self-censorship after it cancelled play about radicalised Muslims which explored why youngsters are attracted to extremist groups
- National Youth Theatre cancelled the play called ‘Homegrown’ last month
- Leading figures have now demanded they open up about why it was axed
- Play explored the reasons why someone might be attracted to extremism
- Its director and writer claim the theatre cancelled it to avoid controversy
The National Youth Theatre (NYT) has been blasted for scrapping a play about young Muslims being radicalised.
Leading figures from the world of arts and entertainment have demanded the theatre reveals exactly why ‘Homegrown’ was cancelled.
The signatories of an open letter to NYT include the sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, playwright Sir David Hare, and actor Simon Callow.
The play set out to explore the reasons why someone might be attracted towards extremist groups.
It was organised by English PEN, a free speech campaign group, which said the NYT of failed to stand up for the show it commissioned, the Times reported.
Homegrown was cancelled two weeks before today’s scheduled opening, when the theatre asked the play’s creators whether they were giving a final version of the script to the police.
Its director Nadia Latif said one of the producers announced she had met with police on July 22 and they had demanded to see the script.
She refused to send the script at first, but gave in when asked a week later. The show was cancelled a week after that.
She and writer Omar El-Khairy have said they do not think police ordered the show’s cancellation but have accused the theatre of ‘self-censorship’ because they believe NYT ‘feared controversy’.
A statement on the National Theatre website read: ‘NYT regrets to announce that its production of Homegrown will not now take place… Tickets are no longer on sale. All ticket holders will be fully refunded.’
Controversy: A statement on the National Theatre website (pictured) read: ‘NYT regrets to announce that its production of Homegrown will not now take place
The theatre’s artistic director claimed the production, which involved 112 young performers, did not meet the theatre’s standards.
But Paul Roseby turned down the chance to meet Latif or El-Khairy to explain whether his decision was influenced by the police or the need to change venue.
The letter, which appeared in the Times today, described the cancellation as ‘a troubling moment for British theatre and freedom of expression’ that ‘serves to shut down conversation on these important issues’.
They wrote: ‘We fear that government policy in response to extremism may be creating a culture of caution in the arts, if it is deemed too risky to ask difficult questions or explore sensitive topics.
‘We are deeply concerned by reports that the National Youth Theatre may have been put under external pressure to change the location and then cancel the production.’
Latif said the theatre failed to stand up for its production, adding: ‘This is closest to self-censorship…The theatre got burnt by a hot topic.
‘There are lots of ways that we are silenced — sometimes the most nefarious thing is when artists are silenced by other artists.’