18th July 2011
Gay controversy opera goes ahead 5
3:16 PM — A community opera which was nearly derailed in a row over a gay character has gone ahead in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Beached, written by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall, was almost cancelled after a primary school's headteacher complained about language in some scenes.
7th July 2011
Opera writer may take legal action over council’s ‘defamatory’ statements 23
4:00 PM — The author of a community opera cancelled after a gay row says he may take legal action over "defamatory" comments made by the council, in which it claimed a gay character was a paedophile.
Gay row opera will go ahead 18
1:06 PM — An opera featuring East Yorkshire schoolchildren will now go ahead after writer Lee Hall agreed to swap the word 'queer' for 'gay'. The community project stalled after a primary school complained about a gay character's scene.
6th July 2011
Head of opera ban school says she wanted to protect children 66
11:51 AM — The headteacher of an East Yorkshire school has defended her decision to withdraw her pupils from a community opera over a scene involving a gay character. Emma Hobbs, the head of Bay Primary School in Bridlington, said she was concerned about the "emotional wellbeing" of the children.
5th July 2011
Opera company says it’s not anti-gay 64
11:38 AM — An opera company which cancelled a community project after a primary school complained about a gay character has denied being anti-gay. Billy Elliot author Lee Hall suggested that the decision was motivated by homophobia.
4th July 2011
Billy Elliot author’s opera pulled after school objects to gay character 72
10:46 AM — A community opera by the author of Billy Elliot has been pulled after a primary school demanded that a gay character be written out. Lee Hall, who wrote the hugely successful show about a boy who wants to dance, had been working on Beached with opera company Opera North and 400 residents of East Yorkshire town Bridlington.
2nd February 2010
Elton John and David Furnish ‘to produce Broadway play’ 5
12:51 PM — Gay singer Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish are reportedly planning to put on a Broadway production of a gay-themed play.