Plymouth Archdeacon joins chorus
The Archdeacon of Plymouth, Tony Wilds, has joined with two former mayors to condemn JS:TO, which opens at the Theatre Royal tonight. In a statement bafflingly entitled “Freedom, not hate in Plymouth” (comments open on the Plymouth Herald site) they say:
Though we understand and accept that there is a role for art to shock, we do not accept that in the case of this production the form and degree of shock is justified.
But, Arch, you need not see the production is you don’t want to.
To those who say that those who may be offended need not see the production, we say yes.
But unfairly they have already had to pay for it in very considerable public subsidies at both national and local levels.
But the fact that public subsidies have already been paid into the production is not an argument to close the it down now. You are confused, Arch. Go and lie down.
(From The BBC, via Andrew in the comments)