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Woman dressed as vagina stops street fight between penis and man in Glastonbury

By Centralsomgaz  |  Posted: June 20, 2013

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THE residents of Glastonbury are a hardy bunch, used to sharing their High Street with fairies, zombies, Goddesses and religious pilgrimage, barely batting an eyelid at some of the more colourful characters appearing in the town.

But on Friday afternoon a scuffle between a man and a man dressed in a penis costume, while a woman dressed as a vagina tried to calm the situation down was enough to raise a few eyebrows.

Members of the Nomadic Academy of Fools had been performing some street theatre to help promote two of the plays in their Fooling around: Four Days of Plays run at the Assembly Rooms.

But police were called after one man took offence to their costumes and took his frustration out on one of the actors.

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Chris Murray, who was wearing the costume said: "He started shouting at me, saying it was disgusting and children could see us.

"I could tell by his body language that he was really angry. I tried to calm him down, I wasn't looking for a fight; but he grabbed my hat, tore it off and chucked it on the pavement."

The theatre group headed back to the Assembly Rooms, but a bystander had called the police, who came to talk to the group.

Joanne Tremarco, who was dressed in costume as female genitalia, told a police officer they did not want to press charges against the man.

"Then he explained that I needed to take the costume off, or I could be arrested," she said.

"They also removed flyers for the plays we were performing - Women who *ank and The Penis Monologues."

The group say they understand how some people might have been offended by their costumes.

"We're trying to highlight the contradiction in society," said Ms Tremarco.

"People were offended by us walking around in costume, but it's nothing you can't see in magazines and newspapers that are often displayed in a child's eye-line. On the whole, the reaction we had was positive from most people."

The group agreed not to do any more street performances, after the officer explained they could be arrested for public order offences.

A spokeswoman for the Assembly Rooms said: "We were deeply surprised by the reaction of the police in this situation.

"This is not the first time these shows have been performed here.

"The plays were very well attended and we experienced no trouble at the venue."

Inspector Mark Nicholson said: "We wouldn't have stopped the play going ahead, but it's not appropriate to have costumes and swear words like that in the streets where young children and other people could see them and be offended."

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  • cafesociety  |  June 28 2013, 3:56PM

    I'm appalled that someone can be threatened with arrest for walking peacefully in the street "because people could see them and be offended"! What exactly is the crime?

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  • adgec  |  June 25 2013, 3:09PM

    So this was a fight between a man dressed as a penis, and a penis dressed as a man, and a vagina got in between them both. Where was the **** in all this? Oh...he was the one in the car with a flashing light...

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  • LuuuuuH  |  June 22 2013, 7:46PM

    I hate this sort of censorship. We have a long tradition of street theatre and much of that is based in traditions to do with fertility rites, like Maypole dancing, Morris Dancing, 'Obby Oss and so on. It's our heritage. Dont let the prudes shrink our world and our choices. Nobody ever came to harm from knowing human beings have genitals, no matter what their age

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  • SnakeTheFox  |  June 22 2013, 9:48AM

    So apparently children witnessing cartoonish depictions of human anatomy in the streets is a terrifying prospect, while children witnessing belligerent violence and prejudice towards others is considered acceptable? This sort of disparity and clinging to broken hypocritical old world moral values is a herald of the coming death of Western civilization. Evolution 101: things that can't adapt or change to suit their environment usually don't survive.

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  • Xavier1  |  June 21 2013, 10:40PM

    Let me get this right- the police came and warned the man in the penis costume he could be arrested, but not the man acting aggressively??? What the hell is wrong with this country? Why are people so prudish?

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  • Grymma  |  June 21 2013, 2:05PM

    I can't see the problem myself. Little kids will just think 'big pink costume'; sniggery people are just immature, and what's offensive about anatomical costumes anyway? We all have these things, one way or another. My son would probably work out what the penis costume is, but as long as I reacted appropriately and maturely, so would he. I would perhaps be a little more reserved about enactment of portions of the plays (but only because I would rather my children didn't learn crude swears or the wrong words for genitalia), but people in costumes handing out flyers would not offend me in the slightest.

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  • Grymma  |  June 21 2013, 1:53PM

    Most small children would just thing 'big pink costume' and nothing of it. Sniggery people are immature, and anyone offended by the costumes needs to get a grip. I have no issue with the dressing up; I might have had issue with swear words or vulgar 'common' terminology for penis and vagina around children- (I prefer children to use the correct terms and not swear words). My 7 yr old would probably have known what the costumes were, certainly the penis one, and if I didn't make a fuss, he wouldn't have either...

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  • Hubert2013  |  June 21 2013, 8:38AM

    I agree with Nino that you don't see genitalia on the covers of even the most crass newspapers... I still don't see a problem with these silly costumes though.

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  • ninoinoz  |  June 20 2013, 11:10PM

    "People were offended by us walking around in costume, but it's nothing you can't see in magazines and newspapers that are often displayed in a child's eye-line." Bull****! Which newspaper displays penises and vaginas? Also, the magazines referred to most certainly don't display them on their (exposed) covers.

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