"> Name: "Behzti" (Dishonor) cancelled in Birmingham, UK

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Europe



Artist: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti - playwrightBurmingham Repertory Theater

Confronting Bodies: Sikh community of Birmingham, U.K.

Date of Action: December 2004

Specific Location: Burmingham, U.K.

Description of Artwork: The play, which revolves around two Sikh women in a Gurdwara (a Sikh place of worship), involves scenes of sexual abuse, violence and murder. It is described as "a black comedy".

Description of Incident: Performances of the play were cancelled by the theatre due to threats of violent disorder from the Sikh community. Birmingham Repertory Theatre said it was acting out of fears for public safety.

The decision was taken following the attempt by more than 400 Sikhs to storm the theatre in protest at its production of the play.

Results of Incident: Another Birmingham theater has offered to stage the play.

Source: Thr Independent, NCAC

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