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Yet more odd behaviour in Sweden

At the risk of giving Tessa 'I'd jump in front of a bus for Tony' Jowell new ideas, the Swedish Moderate Party-led goverment has given the brush off to the following:

"A committee established in 2004 by then culture minister Marita Ulvskog expressed the view that each sex should comprise at least 40 percent of the personnel involved in theatre productions.

...The minister also reacted negatively to the commission's intention of working towards greater equality among those who attend the theatre".

My jaw is near the floor at the moment. Anyone care to nominate plays that would be unperformable due to their less than diverse casts?

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Blogger The Hitch said... 3:43 pm

So presumably this means that one man/woman shows are to be banned in sweden , the vagina monologues springs to mind
unless we have the cock monlogues as act two?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:48 pm

I think the idea was to include all of the support staff as well as the thespians, but yes, that would throw something of a spanner in the works.

The 'balanced audience' thing is probably even more terrifying - imagine being forced to see 'Dirty Dancing - the Musical'?  

Anonymous verity said... 5:38 pm

That would put an end to "An Evening with ..." style productions. Whatever would Noel Coward say?

How are they going to force the audience percentages? Press gang people off the street?

What about pop groups? Are they going to make The Village People accept girl singers?

As far as I can see, the only productions that would pass would be things like "An Evening with Lily Savage".  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:45 pm

And just think of the fun if age and racial balance is demanded too...  

Anonymous verity said... 5:59 pm

You'd have to have "An Evening with Noel Coward ... and Jo Brand" and if that's not enough to frighten the horses, I don't know what is.  

Anonymous nick drew said... 6:19 pm

I'm sure there will be long queues for future 'equality performances' of the Puppetry of the Penis  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:22 pm

I'm eagerly anticipating the gender stereotype-free version of 'The Lysistrata'.  

Blogger Arthurian Legend said... 7:03 pm

So if made law in England, it would presumably prevent us from seeing the plays of Shakespeare as they were originally performed when even the female parts were played by men.

I can't think that anything would sum of new Labour's total contempt for the history and culture of this country more than to see that happen.

And how it would enrage those Luvvies!

To be sold down the river by their own side! Perhaps then the penny would finally drop..  

Anonymous this guy said... 11:59 am

As Noel Coward was a homo, surely he'd be exempt?  

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