An actress who was dropped from a play for posting alleged homophobic remarks on her facebook page did not realise the character she was due to portray was a lesbian role has won backing for her legal battle from a leading theatre critic. .
The actress, described as a devoted Christian, was fired from the adaptation of the Alice Walker novel last year after she was cast to play the lead character of Celie at the Curve in Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome. She went to state that would have refused the role if she’d known the character was gay, the tribunal heard.
However, her lawyers stated that Celie’s sexuality was uncertain.
Ms Omooba, from east London, was originally dismissed over comments she posted to Facebook in 2014.
The 26-year-old said she did “not believe you can be born gay” and that homosexuality was wrong even “though the law of this land has made it legal”.
At the time the show’s producers wrote in a statement: “Following careful reflection it has been decided that Seyi will no longer be involved with the production.”
Ms Omooba is suing the Leicester Theatre Trust and her agents Michael Garrett Associates Ltd (Global Artists) for around £128,000 over her sacking, on the grounds of religious discrimination and a breach of contract.