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Catholic protesters arrested outside theatre staging explicit play

The play is based on the work of a Nobel Prize winning writer.

Posters for the play have been defaced... This image was shared by the theatre on Facebook.
Posters for the play have been defaced... This image was shared by the theatre on Facebook.
Image: teatrpolski.wroc.pl

AUTHORITIES IN POLAND have arrested 12 people who tried to block the entrance to a theatre they deemed pornographic.

The case highlights a cultural conflict between the country’s new conservative pro-Catholic government and secular society.

Scuffles broke out late last night in Wroclaw when members of a Catholic organisation tried to stop theatre-goers from seeing Death and the Maiden, based on the work of Nobel Prize-winning writer Elfriede Jelinek.

The protesters objected to the presence on the stage of porn stars.

The government’s new culture minister, Piotr Glinski, had previously called for the show to be cancelled, noting the theatre is sponsored by the state budget.

Glinski’s opponents say his attempt to stop the performance amounts to a violation of freedom of speech.

The theatre’s website notes that the play contains sex scenes and is suitable only for adults.

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