'Stitching' author launching London petition over ban

The producers of Stitching, the play banned by theatre classifiers, confirmed today that the play will be staged in the coming days, at a venue still to be announced.

Meanwhile, Scottish author Anthony Neilson is launching a petition with the theatre industry in London to pressure the Maltese government to divest the theatre classifiers from the right to censor or ban productions.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, director Chris Gatt and producer Adrian Buckle said the chairman of the Board of Film and Stage Classification, Therese Friggieri, never asked to see the play before banning it.

Mr Gatt said that although words in the play may sound shocking , the production played out in a completely different manner.

They insisted that in this day and age, the ban on the play was an infringement of their rights.

The play is about a couple in crisis coming to terms with a loss, and deals with themes that include death and abortion.

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