[Press and Publications] Popcorn - or the Oscars Night Massacre [Theatre]

November 2000

No 196

The University of Leicester Theatre has secured rights to be one of the first companies to perform Ben Elton's Popcorn, a controversial play which has only just been released outside London.

Simon Reilly, President of the University of Leicester Theatre, explains the plot: "Bruce Delamitri is a film director who makes very violent but stylish movies. Wayne and Scout are psychopaths who kill people without apparent reason. Many people consider Bruce’s films to be the cause of the violence. As a way of avoiding the death penalty they decide that Bruce must take responsibility. They break into his house on Oscars Night and a terrible siege begins.

"After the final bloodbath the arguments continue over who is responsible for a violent society—and this violence in particular."

While Popcorn is not for the faint-hearted and is not suitable for young children, no less a figure than Mary Whitehouse praised the movie for its attack on sex and violence.

Simon Reilly commented: "Ben Elton is a well respected author and comedian and being able to perform this play is prestigious for the society and the University."

As a book Popcorn stayed at the top of the hardback best-seller lists for some time before being released in paperback and has been translated and published widely around the world. It is also a successful West End play now at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1 (directed by Laurence Boswell). Popcorn is also available as an audiobook read by John Sessions.

The University of Leicester Theatre performance of Ben Elton's Popcorn runs from 15-17 November 2000, at 7.30 pm in the Attenborough Theatre, Attenborough Building, University of Leicester, Entrance 2, University Road, Leicester. Tickets, £4 (£3.50 concessions) are available on campus from Queens Hall Foyer (Percy Gee Building) 12:30 – 14:30 [Monday - Friday], the University Bookshop, Charles Wilson Building, and on the door. Credit Card Bookings 0116 252 2000.

Note to editors: Further information and free press tickets are available from Simon Reilly, email lut@le.ac.uk, or fax (0116) 223 1112.

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