Avenoir Magazine

High School Sweeney Todd Features Real Blood

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I think this article I just got published with Avenoir Magazine will interest lovers of horror and gore.

Here’s an excerpt:

On April 6, two teenage boys from St. Kentigern College in Auckland, New Zealand, had their throats accidentally slit during the opening night performance of Sweeney Todd: the Musical. The tale of Sweeney Todd is about a man who was wrongly convicted by a court judge and, upon returning to the real world from his sentence, became a barber and killed his clients in first an act of revenge and later to fuel Mrs Lovetts’ booming pie business. A real razor was used as a prop when the terrifying scene occurred. The college master also said that the razor was blunted and had been through all sorts of health and safety checks prior to the performance taking place. He claimed that it had been “bound in all sorts of things” including cellophane, duct tape and paper.

Were actions to have been taken sooner, the students’ injuries may not have been so critical. One witness from the audience of the musical said “no announcements were made to the audience that the throat slitting was not all just fake blood. The show went on. We never knew anything about the real blood being spilt until later”.

To be honest, I think that was a really reckless and irrational decision. I wouldn’t be surprised if the school got fined.

Click here to read the full article.


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