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February 27, 2013

British actor Keith Prosser, who appeared in a gay-themed play last year in Uganda, has been arrested and jailed in preparation for deportation

A British actor who played a role in the gay themed play, 'The River and the Mountain', that has been staged in Uganda, has been detained and arrested in the country.

The Independent reported that Prosser has been held in a Kampala detention centre for eight days since Thursday (21 February).

February 19, 2013

British gay play producer has said the pastors preaching hate is to blame for the extremist homophobic laws in Uganda

The British gay play producer who was deported from Uganda for being ‘undesirable’ has said the majority of Africans are not homophobic.

David Cecil was originally arrested in September last year after the play, which tells the story of a gay businessman murdered by his colleagues, was performed in private theaters. The charges were later dropped.

On 6 February, Cecil was rearrested and locked up for five days before being deported to the UK.

February 14, 2013

David Cecil is appealing the decision but will likely be months before he sees his Ugandan girlfriend and two children again

The British gay play producer who was deported from Uganda for being ‘undesirable’ has called his situation ‘crazy’.

David Cecil was originally arrested in September last year after the play, which tells the story of a gay businessman murdered by his colleagues, was performed in private theaters. The charges were later dropped.

On 6 February, Cecil was rearrested and locked up for five days before being deported to the UK.

February 12, 2013

David Cecil has been deported from Uganda, forcing him to leave his girlfriend and two children

Uganda has deported a David Cecil for producing and staging a play in August 2012, featuring a gay businessman who is killed by his own employees, a UK embassy spokesman has said.

David Cecil was arrested last September for ‘disobeying lawful orders’ as the play was performed without ‘authorisation’. The charges were subsequently dropped.

February 7, 2013

David Cecil is currently detained and could be forced to leave his Ugandan wife and child

January 2, 2013

Charges against David Cecil, producer of a gay play staged in Uganda, have been dropped

A court in Uganda has thrown out a case against UK theatre producer David Cecil, who was charged over a play about the condition of gay people.

Cecil told the BBC the case was dismissed either because of a ‘lack of will or a lack of evidence’ to try him.

November 23, 2012

David Cecil allowed to leave country until trial resumes in January, while Uganda debates 'kill the gays' bill

A British man in Uganda who faces two years in jail for producing a play about a gay businessman has had his court case postponed.

Producer David Cecil was charged on 13 September with two counts, including one of ‘disobeying lawful orders’. He was jailed for four nights before being released on bail.

October 23, 2012

River and the Mountain actress says gay play has 'alienated Ugandans further'

An actor who starred in a play which was banned in Uganda because of its gay content says the production has only had a negative effect.

Rehema Nanfuka played a conservative pastor in David Cecil's The River and the Mountain, which was banned by authorities after only eight performances for 'implicitly promoting homosexual acts’.

Despite international support for the show about a gay man who is killed by his own employees, Nanfuka believes it actually harmed gay rights in the notoriously homophobic country.

October 1, 2012

David Cecil faces two years imprisonment in Uganda for play which features a gay storyline

A British man in Uganda who faces two years in jail for producing a play about a gay businessman has slammed his case as 'crazy'.

Producer David Cecil was charged on 13 September with two counts, including one of ‘disobeying lawful orders’. He was jailed for four nights before being released on bail.

September 19, 2012

Omar Kuddus argues that UK Prime Minister David Cameron should stick by his words after Uganda banned a ‘gay’ play and took action against its British producers

In August the Uganda’s Media Council banned performances of what would have been the first theater production in the country to discuss LGBT issues.

That decision, and more urgently Uganda’s legal steps against people who staged the play, now require immediate and serious redress by the international community

The play, The River and the Mountain, by British playwright Beau Hopkins, was to have been performed at the National Theatre of Uganda but the theater backed off after the Media Council intervened.

September 17, 2012

David Cecil will face Uganda court, which may bring in the death penalty for gay people, next month

Uganda has released a British man, who staged a play about a gay man, on bail today (17 September).

Producer David Cecil, who faces up to two years in jail if found guilty, was charged on 13 September with two counts including one of ‘disobeying lawful orders’ and sent to prison.

John Francis Onyango, Cecil’s lawyer, said: ‘He has now been granted bail and is being released,’ and added bail had cost around $200 (£123, €152).

September 14, 2012

Media Council banned the play after saying it was 'contrary to the laws, cultural norms and values of Uganda'

A British man who produced a play about being gay in Uganda is in jail.

David Cecil is being charged with ‘disobeying lawful orders’ from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged the play in Uganda’s capital Kampala last month, reports the Associated Foreign Press. 

September 12, 2012

Two Britons living in Uganda under attack by police for putting on The River and the Mountain, a ‘banned’ play with a gay plotline

A British ex-pat living in Uganda could be jailed for two years for producing a play containing a gay storyline.

And another British ex-pat has had to hand over his UK passport to the Ugandan authorities and been released on police bail after he was arrested for staging the play.

The play, The River and the Mountain, features a storyline about a gay businessman living in a homophobic country among its themes.

It is advertised as: ‘A Ugandan comedy drama that tackles the intersection of religion, politics and sexuality.’

September 7, 2012

Kampala police take action over ‘banned’ play, The River and The Mountain, which features gay plotline

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 Tilapila 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.

August 20, 2012

A play featuring a man coming out premieres in Kampala where it is still illegal to be gay

A play featuring a gay storyline has premiered in Uganda where homosexuality is still illegal.

The River and the Mountain opened at a theatre in Kampala on Friday (17 August), despite the threat of police raids.

Written by British writer Beau Hopkins, the play has faced opposition from the authorities, who blocked organizers from staging it at the national theatre.

Gay sex is illegal in Uganda, with 'offenders' facing life imprisonment in some cases.