Students Hospitalised after performance of Sweeney Todd

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Two 16 year old students in New Zealand hospitalised after receiving "cuts to the neck" during a school performance of Sweeney Todd. The razor seems the obvious cause though has yet to be confirmed. It will be interesting to hear what comes of this and is positive to hear both are in a stable condition.

News article from the New Zealand Herald here
 

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What I really REALLY don't understand is the second injury. If someone is injured enough to have to go to the hospital - STOP THE SHOW. the audience will understand. The injuries will not continue.

Stuff happens. Sometimes folks get injured. The key is that when something bad happens you stop, figure out what went wrong, and fix it.


( this is of course assuming the two injuries were so close together that the stage manager would have had time to stop things)
 
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What I really REALLY don't understand is the second injury. If someone is injured enough to have to go to the hospital - STOP THE SHOW. the audience will understand. The injuries will not continue.

Stuff happens. Sometimes folks get injured. The key is that when something bad happens you stop, figure out what went wrong, and fix it.


( this is of course assuming the two injuries were so close together that the stage manager would have had time to stop things)
Not just that, but even if the show wasn't stopped.....WHY USE THE RAZOR AGAIN?


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I read an article yesterday where they said the blade's "safety guard" was cellophane and "all kinds of stuff" wrapped around the blade.

That some world-class negligence.
 

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I read an article yesterday where they said the blade's "safety guard" was cellophane and "all kinds of stuff" wrapped around the blade.

That some world-class negligence.
Hey guy, how about a link?
 

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Hey guy, how about a link?
I don't have it anymore, but I definitely read an article that quoted them as saying something along the lines of we made sure it was totally safe.... we put tape on the blade. and that it was a straight razor they bought from a pawn shop
 

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Hey guy, how about a link?
http://news.sky.com/story/1674254/boys-throats-cut-in-sweeney-todd-show-mishap

A high school production of Sweeney Todd in New Zealand went horribly wrong when a throat-slitting scene became all too real and two teenagers were sliced with a prop razor.

Students at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland were performing the opening night of the musical when the mishap happened.

Headteacher Steve Cole told radio station Newstalk ZB the razor used on stage was real, but had been bound in duct tape.

He said he had no idea what went wrong.

"It had been bound in Cellophane, bound in all sorts of things," he said.


"It was very non-sharp, blunted, and had been through all sorts of health and safety checks. It was a very unfortunate mishap."

The two 16-year-olds were rushed to hospital for treatment - one with serious, and the other with moderate injuries. They were released the next day and are said to be recovering.

Mr Cole said he hoped the show would resume on Friday, "obviously without those particular props".

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, depicts a barber who slits his customers' throats with a razor and uses the bodies to make meat pies.

Wednesday's incident is being investigated by police and health and safety officials.
 
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"It had been bound in Cellophane, bound in all sorts of things," he said.

Another twit who actually had zero idea or control over anything.
 

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I don't have it anymore, but I definitely read an article that quoted them as saying something along the lines of we made sure it was totally safe.... we put tape on the blade. and that it was a straight razor they bought from a pawn shop
Reading MNicolai's linked article...I just...I mean...c'mon, man. Complete tool, that teacher.
 

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But remember, it was just a "very unfortunate mishap."

The "he had no idea what went wrong" line could be straight out of a Darwin Award.
 

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