Irvine Welsh Play Angers Disability Groups

Irvine Welsh is celebrating a noisy addition to the list of interest groups offended by his literary oeuvre. A month shy of its European premier, disabled rights groups have launched an unlikely campaign against the Scottish author’s play Babylon Heights.

The show, which opens in Dublin, portrays the backstage “debauchery” of four of the “dwarfs” who played Munchkins in the film The Wizard of Oz. It has caused offence on two fronts. Disability groups reckon the script is disrespectful, citing PR bumf that describes: “wild Munchkin sex orgies, drunken behaviour and general dwarf debauchery”. [The Independent]