The actors are appearing in the play Rotterdam (Picture: Hartshorn-Hook)A ‘hate crime’ against two actors in a Southampton LGBTQ+ play targeted has reported to police.
Hampshire Police told Metro.co.uk in a statement that an investigation is now underway, and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
They said: ‘We have received a report from a third party relating to an incident which happened on Hill Lane, Southampton on the afternoon of Saturday, 8 June.
‘It has been reported that homophobic abuse was shouted at two women, and stones thrown at them, by a the occupants of a passing car.
‘The matter is under investigation. Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting 44190196869.’
Nuffield Southampton Theatres has since tweeted a statement saying the actors involved, Lucy Jane Parkinson and Rebecca Banatvala, were ‘hugely shaken’ by the ‘cowardly, homophobic hate crime’.
Parkinson said: ‘The attack happened because we were embracing. There’s no mistake that this was a homophobic hate crime.
(Picture: Twitter)‘It was a cowardly attack as it was a moving car. Our community shouldn’t have to tolerate this. This is why we have Pride. We should take all steps we can in the education system to help to eradicate this aggressive ignorance.’
Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the official Twitter account for the play Rotterdam, announced that the performances on Saturday would be cancelled.
‘We regret to announce that today’s performances of @RotterdamPlay @NSTheatre are cancelled as a result of a hate crime directed at two of our actors,’ the accounts shared.
‘We are devastated that this kind of behaviour is still so prevalent, a fact which reinforces the importance of this play’s message. We are doing all we can to support the team and thank our audiences and colleagues for their support.’
Rotterdam is touring the UK after a sell out run in London’s West End; created by Jon Brittain, the play follows Alice who is about to come out as gay to her parents via email.
Before she can hit sent though, her girlfriend Fiona tells Alice she has always identified as a man, and as she begins to transition Alice has to question her own sexuality.
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