Amsterdam actors too real for police

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When passers-by on an Amsterdam square saw two armed figures stashing the body of a child in the boot of a limousine and driving off, they hastily alerted the police.

Amsterdam - When passers-by on an Amsterdam square saw two armed figures stashing the body of a child in the boot of a limousine and driving off, they hastily alerted the police.

Five police cars, two motorcycles and mounted officers duly came rushing to the scene, and the supposed criminals were arrested.

However, they turned out to be actors in a play being performed in the limousine. The gun's were fake, the child’s corpse was a dummy. The audience of six were sitting in the back.

The actors protested that they had a permit to stage the piece entitled Travis's Trip, which was part of the Amsterdam Fringe Festival.

However, this was not enough to satisfy the police, who still arrested them for possession of the replica weapons and for inciting people to make emergency calls under false pretences.

The police finally agreed to allow the performance to continue with its run – provided the car is clearly labelled with a sign pointing out that it is a piece of theatre.

The car performance is not the only piece in the Fringe Festival to have made use of an unusual location.

Another performance, about arguing neighbours, was staged on apartment balconies, with the audience watching from a courtyard below. Here, however, local residents were carefully warned not to be alarmed by their neighbours’ screaming row, and no-one called the police.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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