Eight cars, belonging to cast, crew and audience members parked outside at The Lane Cove Theatre Company had there their tyres slashed during a performance of the gay love story, Holding The Man in Sydney on Saturday night. Police are investigating.
“We were alerted to it by one of our patrons who went out and found their car had a flat tyre,” Lochie Beh, the president of the Theatre Company told Buzzfeed Australia.
Holding The Man is the award-winning play adapted by Tommy Murphy’s from Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 autobiographical book. It has also been made into a feature film.
“We all went out, and one by one discovered all our cars had been punctured or slashed. It was not just one tyre per car, we’re talking two tyres per car. It was definitely a targeted attack, it’s not something that’s just random.”
Police told media they will be “investigating all motives including motives of bias”.
Earlier this month The Lane Cove Theatre Company had posters promoting Holding The Man torn down.
“I had laughed when they tore down the posters – all their vandalism did was help promote the production. The idiots,” Murphy said in a statement. “And now last night’s crime is a deeply shocking reminder of the hatred for the LGBTQI community.”