Play on Words Theatre presented Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer, as part of Play It by Ear, a programme of shows for The Everyman stage and available on live audio broadcast.
Tom Crean (1877-1938) the intrepid Antarctic explorer who hailed from Annascaul, county Kerry was brought to life in Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer; a compelling and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley.
This gripping one-man show has been playing to full houses for the last ten years. Again, audiences were quickly transported to Crean’s Antarctic, reliving his exploits as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 – 1904), Terra Nova (1910 – 1913) and Endurance (1914 – 1916).
Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of Antarctic, his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”.
Awarded ‘Best Solo Show’ at its premiere at the 2003 New York International Festival and a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006, Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer is a grippingly vivid, surprisingly funny account of sheer heroism in the face of impossible odds.
“This magnetic revelation of a fascinating character, simply compels a standing ovation” – The Irish Times
“An unparalleled portrayal” – Gina Bellafante, New York Times