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Stage manager who broke feet during pantomime launches legal action

Venue Cymru. Photo: Steve Daniels/Creative Commons

A stage manager is reportedly pursuing £100,000 in compensation after his feet were broken by a piece of equipment during rehearsals for a pantomime.

Andrew Parish was working on Qdos’ production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Venue Cymru in Llandudno in 2015 when his feet were broken by the counterweight on a fly system.

He has now launched High Court action against Qdos, Twins Worldwide, which provided the equipment, and one of its employees.

Equity confirmed to The Stage that it is representing Parish, but declined to give any further details.

According to the BBC [1], Parish is suing for £100,000.

The BBC reported that Parish is alleging he was crushed by a falling counterweight that was being used to lift a cast member off the ground, which broke his feet and required him to spend four days in hospital.

Parish is claiming that the defendants were negligent by allowing too many weights to be added to the equipment, which was not designed to carry so much.

All three deny negligence.