Tasmania bans breasts

Tasmania bans breasts

Posted October 15th, 2009 by debritz

Busting Out!, the show about women's breasts, has apparently been banned in Tasmania. A press relase from the producers says:

The management of Hobart’s Theatre Royal today banned the critically acclaimed theatre show, Busting Out! from performing at Hobart’s Theatre Royal. Producer, Simon Bryce said: “Here we have a show that has been seen by over 200,000 people around the country in more than 40 theatres, that has been applauded by critics and audiences both here and overseas, and has raised more than $50,000 for breast cancer research and is now banned from showing in Hobart. Given the number of Tasmanians who have asked us to bring the show to Tasmania, this decision is dumbfounding.”

The director of Brisbane’s Twelfth Night Theatre, Gail Wiltshire, is quoted as saying: “Busting Out! was the most successful new Australian work to play in Brisbane this century. Our audiences loved this show. As a survivor of breast cancer, it is appalling that the Hobart Theatre Royal has banned a show that has so much to positively say about women’s issues. Has anyone from the theatre actually bothered to see the show?” Directed by Terence O’Connell and performed by Emma Powell and Bev Killick, the show is currently playing in New Zealand before a return Australian season and a European and UK tour.
Update: According to this comment, it may be a matter of the theatre not being able to accommodate the show, rather than actually banning it. I wonder what's showing instead...
Update 2: The Mercury has a story here.
Update 3: Producer stands by his claim.