Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Controversial Isis-related play cancelled two weeks before opening night

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Cast of Homegrown, left to right, Vanessa dos Santos, Humaira Wadiwala, Marilyn Nadebe Photograph: Helen Maybanks/National Youth Theatre
UNITED KINGDOM---A controversial play exploring the motives behind radicalised young people joining Islamic State has been cancelled less than a fortnight before its opening night, with the creators claiming the voices of the young cast have been “silenced”. Homegrown, a National Youth Theatre (NYT) production, was closed down last Thursday, with the creators saying they were given no prior warning. The play had a cast of 112 people aged between 15 and 25 who were mostly from ethnic minorities. [link]