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  3. Wednesday 20th April 2016

    posted by Will Stone in Britain

    DISGRUNTLED actors have invaded a posh performance by Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra against the concert’s sponsorship by oil transnational BP.

    Three activists from environmental campaign group BP or Not BP? stormed the stage and balcony at Cadogan Hall in London on Monday night to laughs and applause.

    The trio performed their own four-minute same-sex version of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet.

    Renaming the play Ramira and Juliet, their version told the story of “star-cross’d” homosexual lovers who fall out after Ramira accepts sponsorship from BP.

    But all’s well that ends well as the lovers set aside their differences, dropping the oily sponsor, and marry — which would be illegal in Russia under its draconian anti-gay laws.

    A lone heckler was shushed by the audience and boos could be heard whenever BP’s name was mentioned.

    Attendees included VIPs from BP and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Russian embassy staff, who gathered at a BP-hosted reception beforehand.

    “LGBT activists have a rich history of creative protest around civil rights, labour rights and climate change,” said performer Sarah Ginsberg.

    “We took to the stage tonight to confront BP staff and the British and Russian governments with urgent questions about the ethics of continued fossil fuel extraction, the need to end oil sponsorship and the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights.”

    BP holds a 20 per cent stake in Russian state oil company Rosneft.

    Dudley Cooper, who delivered the performance’s prologue and epilogue, added “it’s high time BP left the stage.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a428-Anti-BP-actorvists-interrupt-music-for-Ramira-and-Juliet#.VxdPtnra44A

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