Antrim council lifts ban on 'blasphemous' play

Monday 27 January 2014 22.28
The play will go ahead as scheduled at the Mill theatre
The play will go ahead as scheduled at the Mill theatre

A ban on a play that was claimed to be blasphemous has been lifted by a council in Northern Ireland.

Members of the artistic board at Newtownabbey, Co Antrim tonight reversed an earlier vote and decided to put back on the Reduced Shakespeare Company's production entitled The Bible: The Complete Word of God.

It was due to be staged on Wednesday and Thursday at Theatre at the Mill, which is run by Newtownabbey Borough Council.

The artistic board voted last week to ban the play when some Unionist members, including the mayor Fraser Agnew, claimed it mocked Christianity.

Councillors who supported the staging claimed the decision to ban made them look like a laughing stock.

There were bitter exchanges at a meeting tonight when the council agreed for the production to go ahead as scheduled.