Sydney Theatre Company cancels performance after coming under fire for actors’ protest
by GRACE JOHNSON
The Sydney Theatre Company (STC) cancelled at the last minute a performance on Wednesday night following the company coming under fire after three actors emerged wearing Palestinian keffiyehs during the encore of The Seagull on Saturday night.
Actors Harry Greenwood (son of Hollywood actor Hugo Weaving), Mabel Li and Megan Wilding emerged on stage to take their bows wearing the traditional scarves.
STC hastily apologised for “any distress caused” to the audience, but the actors’ protest has since caused uproar among some STC subscribers and donors.
Daniel Grynberg, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, wrote that he would boycott the company until it showed a “serious response” to the “triggering” sight of the keffiyehs.
Longtime member of STC’s foundation board Judi Hausmann resigned following the actors’ action.
However, many have expressed their discontent with the company’s response to the show of support and for not backing their actors.
Elaine Crombie, who starred in the ABC’s Black Comedy and Top End Wedding, wrote on Instagram that she was “extremely perplexed” at the company’s response.
“I’m not here for this, Sydney Theatre Company, not at all,” she said.
Catherine Văn-Davies, who starred in The Twelve, also posted on Instagram saying the keffiyeh was a symbol of “hope not of hate”.
STC released a statement yesterday saying, “We understand the actions at the curtain call and our immediate response has hurt many in our community. For this, we are deeply sorry.”