The man behind Billy Elliot, Lee Hall, has canceled production on his latest creative project after a community uproar over some of the project's gay references. The show, Beached, an opera commissioned by Opera North, was set to debut on July 15 in Bridlington, England.
The opera involved nearly 400 members of the Bridlington community, 300 of whom were children ages four to 11. Because of the children, the opera company, after hearing complaints from the school that the children attend, asked Hall to excise several references to homosexuality that the company deemed "explicit."
It appears that the main cause for concern was a scene that actually didn't involve any children. The protagonist sings to a group of men, "Of course I'm queer/That's why I left here/So if you infer/That I prefer/A lad to a lass/ And I'm working class/ I'd have to concur."