A musical about pop star Madonna's attempts to adopt a young African girl is being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe by a Malawian cast.
The 50-year-old star is portrayed in the play Mercy Madonna of Malawi by a black male actor in a blonde wig
One of the performers, Shombi Banda, 29, claims he was heckled by the star when he performed for her in Malawi.
He said she responded to a play about the African cultural identity by saying "money is the answer to everything."
The show looks at how Madonna was given custody of four-year-old Mercy James.
It also attempts to depict how people in the African country viewed the case.
Madonna first spotted Mercy in an orphanage when she visited the African state in 2006.
After a long-running court battle, the nation's highest court ruled earlier this year that the star could adopt the youngster on a permanent basis.
Madonna interrupted and said: 'You know money is the answer to everything'
While Madonna has come in for criticism in the Western press for using her wealth and influence to "buy" children, it has opened up a huge debate in the southern African country, with some feeling the youngster will have a better standard of life overseas.
Shombi Banda said he had performed for Madonna in Lilongwe earlier this year.
He said: "It was a very nice performance with the show talking about someone who went abroad for 20 years and then when he came back he was complaining life abroad was very tough and how he had lost his culture and his identity.
"Madonna interrupted and said: 'You know money is the answer to everything'."
Toby Gough, who created and directed the show, which is playing at St George's West in Edinburgh from 7 to 31 August, claimed Mr Banda was also sacked for revealing a few details about Madonna.
The show runs between 7-31 August
He told BBC Scotland: "Because he revealed a few secrets about Madonna's time in Malawi, just simple things like how many security guards she had, the fact she was heckling him during his performance, he was subsequently sacked because the owner felt he was putting his business in danger."
The play, which is already a hit in its home country, fuses traditional Malawian dance with western pop music as it weighs up the rights and wrongs of a contentious story.
Without taking sides, it asks whether it is right for a child to be taken away from her culture if it means enjoying a life of privilege.
Robert Magasa, dons a blonde wig and white face paint to play Madonna in the show.
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