Nick in horrific Dún Mhuire fall
Despite serious injuries in ladder accident, ‘show must go on’ was theatre stalwart’s main concern
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.