Council backs u-turn on Bible play

Council backs u-turn on Bible play

Newtownabbey Borough Council has accepted a u-turn decision that will see the Reduced Shakespeare Company's controversial play about the Bible go ahead later this week.

The comedy show entitled The Bible: The complete Word of God (abridged) will be performed at the council-run Theatre at the Mill in the town on Wednesday and Thursday.It comes after it was initially axed amid claims from unionist councillors that it was "anti-Christian".Last week, DUP Councillor Robert Hill said members of the public had called for the ban as the play was "offensive".But following meetings of the Artistic Board and the Council on Monday night, it seems the show will go on.The Artistic Board decided to reverse its initial decision to cancel the play.The matter then went to the council."At the monthly Council meeting tonight, members were informed that the Artistic Board had met earlier that evening and had decided to reinstate the show as previously scheduled," a statement from the council said."The Council decided to note the Board's decision and to undertake a review of the Artistic Board's governance arrangements."During the meeting, DUP representatives said its members did not vote to ban the play and that this was a decision made by the council's Artistic Board.Ulster Unionist Councillor John Scott added that the original decision to cancel the play was a PR disaster for Newtownabbey council..@TheatreAtMillhas confirmed our performances are back on. Thrilled #Newtownabbeyaudiences can now see what all the fuss was about.— Reduced Shakespeare (@reduced) January 27, 2014

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