Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer, comes to Ropery Hall

The inspiring story of Tom Crean, perhaps one of Ireland’s greatest ever adventurers, is being re-told at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall next month.

The one-man show, written and performed by Aidan Dooley, is being brought to Ropery Hall by the Small Venues Network.

“This is an inspiring story of Tom Crean who for decades remained Ireland’s unsung hero and one of the few men to serve under both Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton surviving three famous expeditions: Discovery, Terra Nova and Endurance,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“His 36-mile solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his colleagues Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described as possibly the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire golden age of Antarctic exploration,” Liz went on.

The play is a master class in storytelling as Dooley assumes the character of Crean in a highly engaging performance recalling Crean’s incredible tales of heroism and survival.

In the production Crean is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance as Dooley tells riveting, true stories of Crean’s  Antarctic explorations  as one of the few men to survive these three famous expeditions.

Presenting the play in the form of a fireside chat, Dooley brings Crean to life in a thought provoking and tremendously engaging performance beginning with  an insight into Crean’s upbringing in Kerry and how, by chance, he came to join the Royal Navy at the tender age of 15.

Dooley sets the stage explaining the perils of Antarctic exploration, before detailing Crean’s exploits on the expeditions he took part in.

Crean himself joined the Royal Navy at 15 years of age serving on Discovery from 1901 to 1904,   Terra Nova from 1910 to 1913 under Captain Robert Scott and from 1914 to 1916 on Endurance under Sir Ernest Shackleton.

On Endurance he survived for months trapped on the ice floes after the ship was crushed and journeyed 800 miles with Shackleton and four others in a 21-foot lifeboat, across the South Atlantic where they scaled the uncharted glaciers of South Georgia to reach help for their stricken colleagues left behind, receiving the Albert Medal for bravery.

The show is being staged on Saturday, March 7, starting at 7.30pm.  Tickets, costing £12 in advance or £14 on the door, can be bought online from www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

 

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