two activists from london staged an unexpected choral protest at the start of the official press night at the RSC's performance of "twelfth night" at their theatre in stratford-on-avon last night. their protest was the second this week to target the new season which is sponsored by the destructive oil corporation BP in an attempt to greenwash their name.
originally planned as a four-piece choral work, the simple message quoted the line "green and yellow melancholy" from the play (as a reference to the green and yellow logo of the BP oil behemoth). on the day, only two men were able to attend, but they carried out their performance, handed out some leaflets, and gracefully exited the stage while many in the audience applauded.
outside the theatre, staff were very friendly, and one even admitted that there were many people at the theatre very uncomfortable with the association with BP, and happy that protests were taking place.
the campaigners, from 'art not oil', were acting in solidarity with another performance by the reclaim shakespeare company, which preluded an RSC performance of 'the tempest' earlier the same week. a theatre manager asked if any more protests were planned, but was not surprised to be amicably denied that information.
apologies for the poor sound on sections of interview - due to techy problems on the day