The Play’s the Thing

A few days ago, I told you about the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s play, “The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)”, being banned from Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland before the theatre council reversed its decision and allowed the two canceled performances to go on. Well, it seems, as per usual, banning something is a great way of getting people to do it.

After the reversal, there was a veritable mad dash at the box office, with both shows completely sold out. Politicians, clergy people, and defiant citizens alike turned out for the packed first night. The RSC even received a standing ovation at the end of the show. You can read more about it, hear RSC creator Austin Tichenor’s thoughts on the controversy, and get theatre goers’ reactions here. Somehow, nobody they talked to was all that offended and Christianity doesn’t seem all that worse for wear.

All’s well that ends well, I guess.


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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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