Calls for Israel-backed Fringe show to be axed

Liz Lochhead is among those calling for the cancellation of the show. Picture: Greg Macvean

Liz Lochhead is among those calling for the cancellation of the show. Picture: Greg Macvean

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SCOTLAND’S national poet Liz Lochhead is among more than 50 cultural figures calling for the cancellation of a Fringe show which is supported by the Israeli government.

The Makar has signed an open letter, along with author Alasdair Gray, playwright David Greig and others, protesting at Incubator Theatre of Israel’s production The City, which is due to be staged by Underbelly.

The letter says: “The current brutal assault by Israel in the people of Gaza, which is an appalling collective punishment, underlines the seriousness of your error in co-operating with the company which is funded by the Ministry of Culture of the State of Israel.”

It goes on to ask Underbelly to “show solidarity with the Palestinian people” and reconsider its decision to include the show in its Fringe programme.

A spokesman for Underbelly said Incubator Theatre was “an agent for peace and dialogue in Israel”.

He added that Underbelly believed “all artists from whatever creed or nation must have freedom of expression”.