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Religious one-man protest over The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s production at Burton’s Brewhouse

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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A CHRISTIAN has revealed he is set to stage a one-man protest against a production in Burton that he has dubbed ‘a slap in the face to God’.

Barry Martin, who lives in Horninglow, said he was set to picket an abridged performance of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s production of The Bible at the Brewhouse arts centre, in Union Street, tomorrow.

The former parish councillor, who is a member of the Baptist Christian Centre, in Station Street, met with chiefs from East Staffordshire Borough Council, which runs the arts centre, in a bid to get the show cancelled.

He said: “This show is nothing more than a comedy cash cow at the expense of religion.

“I will be holding a peaceful protest after people at the council said they would not halt the show.

“It should not be going ahead as it is a slap in the face to God.”

A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s production has enjoyed a successful sell-out 2013 UK Tour and is now being brought to Burton’s Brewhouse.

“The company’s first three shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus.”

Mike Mear, churchwarden at St Paul’s Church, in St Paul’s Square, Burton, said: “Having previously seen The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s productions I did not hesitate to book my tickets for their latest offering

“As a churchwarden, would I be offended?

“Would it make me think? Without seeing the production how could anyone answer these questions?

“Neither of these questions influenced my decision to see the play.

“Would I laugh? I was sure I would.”

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