Logie winner Hugh Sheridan has taken to social media after witnessing a series of violent attacks outside a Perth theatre, with his brother and a castmate among the victims.
The Adelaide actor, who is currently touring as part of the musical Hair, said co-star Matthew Manahan was glassed and his brother was also attacked in the street, as the group was leaving His Majestys Theatre after last nights show.
Actor Hugh Sheridan and Hair castmate victims of Perth glassing attack
“Tonight this kind soul pictured here with me was attacked for no reason, he was glassed in the street,” Sheridan wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of himself and Manahan.
“Minutes later my beautiful brother was attacked by the same person just after leaving the theatre with me.”
Sheridan said after heading to a local police station, he later witnessed “another senseless attack” in which people were spat on and punched.
Hair is currently two days into an 11-day run in Perth, but Sheridan said he did not know if the incidents would impact on the shows upcoming performances.
Hair, a popular and progressive — but sometimes controversial — musical was written in the late 1960s during the Vietnam War, and tells the story of a group of New York hippies opposed to conscription.
“I can tell you now, our amazing tribe have rallied around each other and these events only bring us closer together, it only shows how relevant our story still is and how timely it is for it to be told,” he said.
WA Police have confirmed two teenage boys were charged over several alleged assaults, including one in which a man in his 20s was hit in the head from behind with a glass bottle.
The boys, aged 14 and 15, are due to appear in court today, and Inspector Dean Snashall said a “number of incidents” were being investigated.
“A number of disturbances occurred in the Hay and Murray Street Mall between 10:20pm and 10:50pm,” he said.
“There were a number of offices in the area at the time. [Police] responded as a result of footage on the CCTV network from the City of Perth.”
Inspector Snashall said investigations into the incidents were ongoing and asked witnesses to contact police.
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Actor Hugh Sheridan has taken to social media to detail a glassing attack he witnessed involving Hair castmate Matthew Manahan.
The Packed To The Rafters star said both his brother Zachary and Manahan were attacked after leaving His Majesty's Theatre in Perth.
Actors Hugh Sheridan and Matthew Manahan rehearse for the latest Australian production of Hair.Credit:John McRae
In an Instagram message posted in the early hours of Saturday morning, Sheridan said Manahan has been glassed "for no reason".
"Minutes later my beautiful brother was attacked by the same person just after leaving the theatre with me," he said.
"I witnessed another senseless attack where people were spat on because of their race and a boy and his girlfriend were punched.
"Im in shock. I'd never seen someone so aggressive and so fast, he had no motive and chose the sweetest people I know to hurt."
"We will endeavor to run the show as planned as long as it is safe to do so, the show goes on always, with added meaning and reason," he said.
A 14-year-old and a 15-year-old will face court this morning in relation to a number of incidents throughout Perth overnight.
Police will allege a man aged in his 20s was hit on the back of the head with a glass bottle around 10.30pm Friday night, near the intersection of Murray and Barrack Streets.
The police spokesman said another assault took place near the intersection of Hay and William Street a short time later, where punches were thrown at a man aged in his 20s resulting in minor injuries.
Shortly after this, another male aged in his 20s was assaulted along Hay Street Mall, but wasn't injured.
In a statement posted to Facebook, the producers of the show said both cast members were fine and performances would be proceeding as scheduled.