Onion of Bigotry musical to tackle sectarianism

The show will be staged at St John's Church on Princes street. Picture: Andrew Stuart

The show will be staged at St John's Church on Princes street. Picture: Andrew Stuart

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A musical about sectarianism in Scotland is to take centre stage during this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

John and Gerry Kielty, the award-winning brothers behind some of the songs for the hit Glasgow Girls musical, draw on centuries of religious conflict in Scotland for their brand new show, The Onion of Bigotry.

The pair, tour guides in Edinburgh’s Old Town, will turn the nation’s long-running battles with bigotry into a “historical musical comedy”, delving into the Capital’s history to explore how deep divisions were sown by key episodes such as the Reformation in the 16th century, and “peeling back the layers of bigotry” which have dogged the country since.

Anti-bigotry campaigners said the show promised to bring fresh insight to the issue of sectarianism, which has been less prominent in the headlines since the shelving of Old Firm matches between Rangers and Celtic over the last two years. The show will be staged at St John’s Church, in Princes Street.