POLICE ARREST NINE ON STAGE
Vice-squad police arrested nine people and charged them with using obscene language at a Melbourne experimental theatre on Saturday night. The policemen were mildly heckled by the audience. As the police took the arrested to the nearby Carlton station members of the audience moved with them chanting four-letter words.
The cause of the trouble was the satirical anti-censorship play Whatever Happened to Realism, By J. Romeril, which ended with the audience chanting a string of four-letter words.
When the play ended, three police officers moved onto the stage and made the arrests while most of the audience of about 150 booed, cat-called and chanted the play’s four-letter word.
The chanting audience was accompanied by a rhythm and blues band which played loudly throughout the incident.
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By John Romeril