The Birmingham Rep Riot - Behind The Scenes

How did the Birmingham Repertory Theatre's attempt to reach out to an ethnic minority audience result in death threats, a riot and the premature closure of a play?

Birmingham based journalist Amardeep Bassey reveals why the consultation process with local Sikhs over last year's production of Behzti, a relatively obscure play about corruption and abuse in a Sikh temple, went so badly wrong.

Far more fascinating than the play itself, this is a story of temple politics, multi-cultural misunderstandings and a little known network of Sikh militant groups.

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How did the Birmingham Repertory Theatre's attempt to reach out to an ethnic minority audience result in death threats, a riot and the premature closure of a play?

Birmingham based journalist Amardeep Bassey reveals why the consultation process with local Sikhs over last year's production of Behzti, a relatively obscure play about corruption and abuse in a Sikh temple, went so badly wrong.

Far more fascinating than the play itself, this is a story of temple politics, multi-cultural misunderstandings and a little known network of Sikh militant groups.

2005082320050828

How did the Birmingham Repertory Theatre's attempt to reach out to an ethnic minority audience result in death threats, a riot and the premature closure of a play?

Birmingham based journalist Amardeep Bassey reveals why the consultation process with local Sikhs over last year's production of Behzti, a relatively obscure play about corruption and abuse in a Sikh temple, went so badly wrong.

Far more fascinating than the play itself, this is a story of temple politics, multi-cultural misunderstandings and a little known network of Sikh militant groups.