Leading D/deaf and disabled theatre company Graeae had suffered tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of damage, after vandals attacked its London headquarters.
The organisation’s finance director Charles Mills said the damage, in which windows were shattered, was “clearly deliberate, and with no obvious purpose”.
There has been an outpouring of support for Graeae from members of the theatre community on Twitter, with many offering to donate towards repairs.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne tweeted that he was “very angry” on the theatre company’s behalf, while playwright Chinonyerem Odimba said it was a “disgraceful thing to do”.
A spokeswoman for Graeae said the incident happened between 6.30pm on September 26 and 7.30am on September 27. Staff members discovered the damage when they came in for work this morning.
The spokeswoman added: “An emergency glazier has applied safety film to minimise risk to users of the building and to the general public. The damage does not prevent us using the building but (as we know from the experiences of other organisations) damage and graffiti attract more of the same if not dealt with.”
A Tweet from Graeae said: “Last night someone smashed up the windows to our building in Hoxton. Did you see anything or know anything? Please direct message us if so.
“We are a charity; a disabled-led theatre company, this is our home. We’re not quite sure why someone would have done this.”
Last night someone smashed up the windows to our building in Hoxton. Did you see anything or know anything? Please DM us if so. We are a charity; a disabled-led theatre company, this is our home. We’re not quite sure why someone would have done this. #hoxton #crime @MPSHackney
— Graeae Theatre Company (@graeae) September 27, 2019
The incident has been reported to the police.