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Northern Ireland drama group faces backlash over 'insensitive' knife image

By Cate McCurry

An image of a young woman being attacked with a knife to promote a play for a Co Armagh festival has attracted criticism in the wake of the London terror attack.

Days after seven people were killed and dozens injured when three attackers mowed down pedestrians and stabbed multiple people using 12-inch knives, the picture was circulated to advertise the Shakespearean play Macbeth.

It shows an actor holding the large blade to another actor's neck and was issued by Belfast-based publicist Joseph Nawaz.

The play is part of the Moira Calling Festival, taking place in the town on September 8.

Amateur drama group The Bright Umbrella Drama Company is performing the Shakespeare play.

Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, however said PR companies should be more "sensitive" towards victims and families.

"This image involves a depiction of someone being attacked with a knife and whilst this may have been a genuine mistake and indeed it may have been planned to be released some time ago, I would encourage PR companies to be mindful of the current situation and the sensitivities around victims and families who have lost loved ones in these terrible terrorist acts."

"Perhaps they should desist from issuing images that could cause upset."

A caption which accompanied the image describes how the "Shakespearean skulduggery sleeked assassins" includes Tanja Jennings and Ben Smith as they surprise Aimee McGoldrick, who plays Banquo, during rehearsals of Macbeth.

Three terrorists were shot dead by police minutes after the attack in London's popular Borough Market on Saturday night.

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