New Play About Gay Persecution in Uganda to Be Staged at London's Old Vic for One-Night Benefit
By Mark Shenton
Just Me, You and the Silence, a new play by Ugandan playwright Judy Adong, will be staged at London's Old Vic for a one night benefit performance Nov. 4.
Set in Kampala, it follows the "tragic story of Jacob Obina, an ambitious politician and family man. The play portrays the injustice and persecution gay and lesbian people suffer in Uganda, a country currently tabling a law dubbed 'Kill The Gays' which would see a punishment of life imprisonment and even death for certain homosexual acts."
In a press statement, Kevin Spacey, artistic director of the Old Vic, which is being provided free of charge to host the reading, commented, "Theatre has a crucial role to play in our world, to allow people to advance and discuss ideas, confront issues and communicate across cultural boundaries. This is an important piece that deserves to be heard and we are pleased to be providing an opportunity for audiences to connect with its message."
It will be directed by Patricia Mcgregor, and co-presented by the New York based organization, Fuel | We Power Change, and The Kaleidoscope Trust, a UK charity working internationally to end the persecution of LGBT communities.
Lance Price, executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, commented, "This play is not only dramatic in its content, but also in its message. We are honoured to be a presenting partner of this important event. We thank The Old Vic for supporting Judy's play, and for allowing the simple truth, that it should never be a crime to be gay, to be spread further."
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7628, or visit www.oldvictheatre.com for more details.
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