An opera involving primary school pupils has been cancelled after the writer refused to remove references to a gay character’s sexuality.
The opera, Beached, written by Billy Elliot creator Lee Hall, was due to open later this month in Yorkshire. Bay Primary School in Bridlington has pulled 300 pupils from the project. Mr Hall accused Opera North, which is behind the production, of “censorship”, but the company said it “can appreciate the viewpoint of the school”.
Beached is a libretto which tells the story of a single father trying and failing to have a quiet day at the beach, and aims to teach a message of tolerance and inclusiveness.- BBC News