Nick in hor­rific Dún Mhuire fall

De­spite se­ri­ous in­juries in lad­der ac­ci­dent, ‘show must go on’ was theatre stal­wart’s main con­cern

Wexford People - - FRONT PAGE - By ANNA HAYES

A WELL-KNOWN and pop­u­lar stal­wart of the Wex­ford theatre scene is lucky to be alive af­ter he re­ceived se­ri­ous in­juries in a freak ac­ci­dent while set­ting up a stage light­ing rig last week.

Light­ing op­er­a­tor Nick Hayes (61) was set­ting up lights for a Bal­lycog­ley Play­ers per­for­mance of ‘The Night Alive’ in the Dún Mhuire Theatre when brack­ets on his lad­der broke and he fell.

In a mo­ment that epit­o­mised the sen­ti­ment ‘the show must go on’, Nick’s first co­her­ent re­mark af­ter the fall was for the show: ‘Get Séa­mus [Reck] to do the lights on Fri­day!’ he said, be­fore telling cast mem­ber Colm Doyle to get a lorry moved out of Oys­ter Lane so an ambulance could get up to the stage door.

Nick’s wife Breda said that he was lucky to be alive – and also lucky that Colm, who is trained in first aid, was with him.

Colm con­tacted the emer­gency ser­vices and tended to Bal­lycog­ley Play­ers stal­wart Nick un­til they ar­rived.

The fire bri­gade, gardaí and ambulance at­tended the scene and Nick was trans­ferred for med­i­cal care. He is cur­rently await­ing surgery in Cork Univer­sity Hospi­tal.

His wife Breda, who is the di­rec­tor of ‘The Night Alive’, said he had had a num­ber of x-rays to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the damage done.

‘He has mul­ti­ple frac­tures to both arms and his face. He’s sore, he’s fac­ing a huge amount of physio and a few op­er­a­tions as well. We got an aw­ful fright but bro­ken bones will mend.’

She added: ‘There was no ques­tion of the show not go­ing ahead. The first thing he said was to get Séa­mus to fill in. He was more wor­ried about that than him­self I think – it’s the first show he hasn’t op­er­ated the lights on for 30 years!’

The group was hon­oured with a civic re­cep­tion at Fri­day night’s show for their suc­cess at the All Ire­land Con­fined Drama Fi­nal.

Nick had been nom­i­nated for a Best Light­ing and Pre­sen­ta­tion award at that event.

Get well mes­sages poured in from the lo­cal area as well as the greater Wex­ford drama com­mu­nity with the pop­u­lar theatre tech­ni­cian be­ing wished a speedy re­cov­ery.

IN­JURED: Nick Hayes.

Nick Hayes.

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