Shackleton’s Carpenter

Shackleton’s carpenter, Harry McNish, was the only man who challenged the Boss on the ice floes of Antarctica where Shackleton’s Endurance sank in Antarctica, leaving him and his crew of 27 stranded.

Played by Malcolm, Rennie McNish, brilliant carpenter and shipwright, defied Shackleton, but went all the way with him and played an absolutely vital role in ensuring all 28 were saved.

For all his bravery and ingenuity, McNish was one of the very few who were never awarded the Polar Medal.

His health impaired by the experience, he emigrated to New Zealand where his condition worsened, and he could no longer work.  Now, alone and destitute, one still night on the dockside, he challenges The Boss one last time.

In his fevered mind he relives the Endurance expedition, pitting himself against Shackleton and plagued by the ghosts of his past. How did he antagonise the hero of Antarctica?  How does he come to terms with it?

Shackleton’s Caprenter is by multi-award winning playwright Gail Louw and directred by Tony Milner who has produced many tours as well as West End / Broadway shows.  Shackleton’s Carpenter was the second last play he directed before his death in 2015 and this tour is dedicated to his memory.

Malcolm Rennie has performed in theatres throughout the world as well as more than 20  West End shows. He has most recently appeared on TV in Sherlock and Mr Selfridge.


Show Details

Date of event:

16th November 2019

Event details:

7.30pm          £13/£15

How to book

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