Kids watch in horror as performer shot in head during arts festival stage show

A performer at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda has had a lucky escape after being shot in the head with a crossbow during a performance at the weekend.

The incident happened on stage during Brendon Peel and Li Lau's show _Carnival Sideshow and Other Magical Things _on Sunday.

Festival CEO Tony Lankester explains what happened:

The act was that he was standing with a cross-bow pointing at him, he had to complete a puzzle within a certain amount of time or the cross-bow would be fired.

Tony Lankester, CEO - National Arts Festival

He didn't complete the puzzle and the crossbow was fired and he was shot in the head.

Tony Lankester, CEO - National Arts Festival

Lankester says Lau is fine, having been treated in hospital.

He adds that the festival has plans in place for when accidents happen.

We took the audience out of the room, fortunately, there were two doctors in the audience.

Tony Lankester, CEO - National Arts Festival

Fortunately, the cross-bow didn't penetrate his skull.

Tony Lankester, CEO - National Arts Festival

Lankester says there were a lot of children in the audience:

They've been given the opportunity to speak to some of the counsellors that we have. Some of them have taken us up on that. Most of them are just relieved he is ok.

Tony Lankester, CEO - National Arts Festival

Listen to the full interview below:


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