In a “life imitates Father Ted” move, Newtownabbey Borough Council has cancelled a two-night run of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s show ‘The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)’ at the Theatre at the Mill, which is run by the council.
Councillor Ball has, of course, not seen the show, which has run for almost 20 years in several countries, including across America and in Jerusalem, with nary a serious complaint. Some religious leaders have actually used the show to teach Bible stories. But no, the godfearing folk of the DUP know best what God wants.
Needless to say, wider reaction has been risible. Derision at the sheer reactionary idiocy of the move is widespread, and #ThouShaltNotLaugh is trending high on Twitter at the moment.
Meanwhile the rest of the tour of England, Scotland and Wales is now selling out at a rapid pace, so the RSC are laughing both literally and figuratively.