It got ugly...
While I certainly don't agree with anything the BNP does or represents, I find it completely appalling that the anti-BNP protestors actually stood up and protested during the ballet performance! Have they no respect for the other performers or for the fact that the performance on stage had nothing to do with Clarke's politics. I hope they are banned from ever attending any performances in that theatre again.
for more from the BBC.
And from The Guardian
I echo comments made elsewhere in wondering whether these protests might now result in ENB being forced to take some action, whether it be immediate or when contracts come up for renewal. They really can't afford to have people protesting during performances, and aside from banning previous offenders it's hard to search people for 'protesting tendencies'...
I am sad that it has come to this... certainly by naivety or a misplanned attempt at publicity, Ms. Clarke has put herself in a very unfortunate position. Especially so for someone who is employed by a company that is part funded by tax-payer pounds. But she deserves the respect of proper debate in proper forums and the decency to have her dancing skills judged independently of her political views. Any punishments or reprimands should be solely the right of her employer as per agreed upon contracts and any protests should be limit to places where it does not disrupt the lives of innocent coworkers and dance patrons.