Uganda police arrest bar owner for staging 'gay' play

September 7, 2012

Police have arrested a Uganda bar owner for staging the play The River and The Mountain which features a man coming out as gay. David Cecil, owner of Tilapia Bar in Kampala was accused of showing a 'gay themed play'.

Another bar has also shown the play previously and it is been confirmed that the owner there has also been questioned by the Kampala police.

The River and the Mountain features a storyline about a gay businessman living in a homophobic country. The play is advertised as: 'A Ugandan comedy drama that tackles the intersection of religion, politics and sexuality.' It had originally been scheduled for the National Theatre of Uganda but performances were cancelled after government officials objected to the gay theme and regulators intervened. Some shows went ahead at two smaller venues.