David Belke, 56, was arrested March 17, 2017, following an investigation by ALERT Internet Child Exploitation and Edmonton Police Service and charged with possession of child pornography.
The Edmonton Fringe Theatre is withdrawing a play from its 2019 festival lineup after discovering the involvement of playwright David Belke.The Edmonton playwright, performer and former substitute teacher was handed a six-month jail sentence in 2017 after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.Belke’s participation in the play violates the Fringe Theatre’s safer spaces policies, the organization said. The decision to pull the play from the festival was made after receiving feedback from the local theatre community.“We will immediately engage in a structured conversation with the community about this issue to discuss how we move forward,” Fringe Theatre executive director Adam Mitchell said in a Friday news release. “We are dedicated to evolving our Safer Spaces policy. We cannot do that and allow the show to continue.”Tickets purchased for the show will be fully reimbursed.More to come.Listen to our Canadian news podcast, 10/3