Evil comedy about Shannon Matthews disappearance sparks social media outrage

Social media users have slammed an "evil" comedy musical about the disappearance of schoolgirl Shannon Matthews, which has sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The musical, created by comedy duo Kunt and the Gang, is based on the true story of the faked abduction of nine-year-old Shannon, who was reported missing in 2008.

After a major search, the schoolgirl was found hidden in the base of a bed in a grotty flat just a mile away from her home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

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Her mum Karen Matthews had planned the whole thing with Michael Donovan – her then-partner's uncle – in a bid to split £50,000 reward money.

Apparently, that is plot for the comedy show with Kunt and the Gang doing shows throughout August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of the world's largest arts festivals.

Dewsbury West Councillor Ammar Anwar on Kirklees Council has said the musical is 'bang out of order' and 'should have never been allowed'.

He said: "Just imagine being that poor girl Shannon Matthews, and re-living the ordeal all over again.

"I think they are cruel and sadistic moments for her to live again.

"I think people should let her move on in life, and let her forget about what happened in the past."

The group performed two sold out shows in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in July, where people branded it as 'disgusting'.

One social media user said: "There is a musical coming out about Shannon Matthews and I can't even find the words to describe how vile that is.

"A 'comedy duo' using the drugging and kidnap of an actual child as entertainment. WTF man."

Janet Ayre posted on Facebook: "This is a sick joke, why would anyone make a musical about anything so horrendous?
"Further, why would anyone in their right minds go to see it?"

Kunt and the Gang describe the musical as "a fictional representation based on research from previous media publications."

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They've written 11 songs that feature in the musical, including 'Different Dads', 'Shannon Ain't Dead (She's Under My Bed) and 'Can't Work, Won't Work'.

It adds the 75 minute audio musical, which needs to be brought to life on the stage, is "not for the faint hearted".

The group are selling t-shirts that say 'Have you seen Shannon Matthews the musical' on, with a cartoon picture of Shannon.

Matthews's mum broke down and admitted to the cruel plot when questioned by her friends in front of a police liaison officer.

On December 4, 2008, the mum-of-seven and Donovan were found guilty of kidnapping, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice and sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to eight years behind bars.

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