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Tom Crean – Antartic Explorer

October 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

Tom Crean

Everyman Palace Theatre | Tuesday, Oct 10th to Saturday, Oct 14th at 8.00pm

The adventures and expeditions of Tom Crean – Antartic Explorer

Tom Crean Artic Explorer

Tom Crean Antartic Explorer

This compelling one man show has been playing to capacity audiences for the last ten years. It received the Best Solo Show award at its premiere at the 2003 New York International Festiva. It also received Fringe First Award 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.

Tom Crean 

Aidan Dooley returns to the Everyman to tell the tale of Kerryman Tom Crean who survived three of the most famous polar expeditions. Scott and Shackleton through the eyes of a man who served both, and outlived both. Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic Explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is skilfully brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance written and performed by Aidan Dooley

“This magnetic revelation of a fascinating character, simply compels a standing ovation” The Irish Times

“A remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing” Sunday Independent

 “An unforgettable night of theatre”

DATE AND TIME | TUE 10 – SAT 14 OCT, 8.00pm



For more information see: tomcreanshow.com

Tom Crean – The Man

Thomas Crean (25 February 1877 – 27 July 1938), was an Irish seaman and Antarctic explorer. He received the Albert Medal, the highest civilian award for gallantry, for the great bravery he displayed whilst serving on three Antarctic expeditions.

He participated in three major expeditions to Antarctica during what is known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. These included Captain Robert Scott’s ill-fated 1911–13 Terra Nova Expedition. This saw the race to reach the South Pole lost to Roald Amundsen and ended in the deaths of Scott and his polar party. During this expedition, Crean’s 35 statute miles (56 km) solo walk across the Ross Ice Shelf to save the life of Edward Evans led to him receiving the Albert Medal for Lifesaving.

Crean had left the family farm near Annascaul to enlist in the Royal Navy. He was aged 15 at the time but lied about his own age as he had to be 16. In 1901, while serving on Ringarooma in New Zealand, he volunteered to join Scott’s 1901–04 Discovery Expedition to Antarctica.  Thus began his Antartic exploring career. After his Terra Nova experience, Crean’s third and final Antarctic venture was as second officer on Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, on Endurance. After Endurance became beset in the pack ice and sank, Crean and the ship’s company spent 492 days drifting on the ice before a journey in boats to Elephant Island. He was a member of the crew which made an open boat journey of 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) from Elephant Island to South Georgia, to seek aid for the stranded party.


October 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
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