Saskatchewan stripping laws impact Swift Current theatre festival
“She was asked to not push the boundaries, because we were concerned about maintaining the rules that we’ve been asked to follow. Because should we ever lose our liquor licence, it would be catastrophic,” said Wall. “I suspect the theatre would be done within the year. It’s how we make money.”
Bitts said it had been agreed she’d do some “audience banter” and, as a burlesque performer, naturally she gravitated to the “elephant in the room” — the stripping ban.
“The Saskatchewan government, they’re big boys. They can deal with the gentle ribbing,” said Bitts. “If we’re all so frightened that we can’t say anything, that you’re willing to censor artists from doing a very short bit talking and questioning the Saskatchewan government’s choices, who’s going to stand up at the end of the day?”
Since the incident, Wall said she has felt backlash. After eight years, she said she is questioning whether to continue to volunteer with the Lyric due to all the negativity. ..."