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Damages awarded after actor shot on stage

3 December 2013

DonmarEquity has secured substantial damages for a member who was injured at work.

David Birrell was blinded in his right eye when a blank-firing replica Colt 1851 Navy revolver he was using in an on-stage duel backfired. The accident took place during a production of the Stephen Sondheim play Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in October 2010.

David asked Equity to represent him in his claim for compensation, which was secured in May this year.

David said: “Without the support, assistance and encouragement of Equity and its solicitors, I could never have hoped to fight this difficult, lengthy and complex case in the way we did had I not been a member. The positive outcome is down to the backing and security their involvement gave me.”

Although still receiving treatment for the injury, David has successfully returned to work and is playing the lead role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd,  a co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester for their autumn/winter seasons.

Read the London Evening Standard story on this case.

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