The National Youth Theatre refused to comment on possible censorship and in a statement said: “The production of Homegrown will no longer go ahead. After some consideration, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot be sufficiently sure of meeting all of our aims to the standards we set and which our members and audiences have come to expect.”
Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said:“What can possibly have happened 10 days before the first show that led to this important and relevant piece of work to be cancelled? Only a fortnight ago the prime minister talked about engaging with young people about the seductive power of Isis – what message does shutting down this play send?’
In an interview with the Guardian in June, Paul Roseby, director of the NYT, was adamant the company were not afraid to avoid controversial questions within with the piece.
“Perhaps the end result theatrically will also divide opinion – it was ever thus,” he said. “But I think it is worth the risk because theatre is a very powerful medium to explore those issues that can make people feel uncomfortable.”