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LGBT play is scrapped as actors suffer hate attack

Targets: Parkinson and Banatvala PICTURE: BBC

A THEATRE cancelled performances of an LGBT play after stones were thrown at two of the actors in the street.

Lucy Jane Parkinson and Rebecca Banatvala were kissing when they were attacked by occupants of a passing car on Saturday.

One stone struck Ms Parkinson in the temple, knocking her to the ground.

NST Theatres in Southampton tweeted the last performances of the show were ‘cancelled as a result of a hate crime directed at two of our actors’.

The pair were appearing in the Olivier Award-winning play Rotterdam, a piece about a young gay woman.

Ms Parkinson said she heard ‘young boys laughing’ as the car drove off.

Bus horror: Melania Geymonat (right) and her girlfriend Chris were left covered in blood after attack by group of teenagers on top deck

She told the BBC: ‘We’re just two people looking for happiness like everybody else. I don’t really understand why we’re met with aggression, from strangers to strangers.’ In a statement, the actors said: ‘There’s no mistake that this was a homophobic hate crime. It was a cowardly attack as it was a moving car.’

NST director Sam Hodges tweeted: ‘I am extremely sad that this sort of appalling behaviour is still happening anywhere, let alone in a city where we have worked so hard to promote a culture of tolerance, inclusivity and civic pride.’

Hampshire police says it is investigating the attack in Hill Lane, Southampton.

It comes after Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend Chris were subjected to a homophobic attack and robbery on a London night bus. The couple were left covered in blood after they refused to kiss. Five teenagers arrested over the incident have been bailed.