We have been instructed by Rod Spiller, a local playwright and director. He has written a play called “Chasing the Dragon” about drug abuse by young people in Wales.
His aim is to portray a balanced picture of drug abuse, ie. both the highs and the lows. He feels that while the message of the play is ultimately anti-drugs, that message is more credible if the play acknowledges that many users find drugs uplifting. He wants his theatre company to perform the play in local youth clubs but is worried that because some people might argue that it glorifies drug taking, he may be committing some sort of offence.
Could you please, as a matter of urgency, research the following issues:
1. Is it an offence to promote a play in local youth clubs which glorifies drug-taking?
2. If so, would any defence be available to the client?
3. What potential liability does the client face, if convicted?