operaAn opera company has cancelled an opera featuring primary school children after its writer refused to remove references to a character’s homosexuality.

Opera North will lose £15,000 from the cancellation of Beached, which was written by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall.

The company deemed the production unviable after Bay Primary School in Bridlington took offence at the gay references and stopped 300 of its pupils from taking part.

Hall told The Independent: “I really want to make this issue known. Hundreds of people have been working on this project and it has just been stopped overnight. It is really an act of censorship and as a writer, I really have to fight against it … for all artists’ right to be able to make representations of gay people.”

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