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Discovering Antarctica: Heroic Tales of Shackleton, Crean & Scott

Written & Performed by Aidan Dooley

Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley.

Set during The Golden Age of Antarctic Exploration (1901-1916),  discover the riveting stories of the only man who served standing alongside Scott and Shackleton in three of the most daring and challenging expeditions to the great white continent including Shackleton’s ill-fated Endurance expedition.

Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of Antarctica. The play takes you to the edge of of your seat … and beyond,  as it reenacts many of the era’s heroic endeavours. This includes Crean’s infamous 36 mile solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades - described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”.

  • This show has extensively toured under the name “Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer’” in Europe and Australasia, where the legendary status of Tom Crean is widely known.

The show has won critical acclaim, multiple awards and continues to enjoy sell-out performances and standing ovations. Having toured globally, including a stop in Antarctica, nearly a quarter of a million people have been captivated by the show and the heroic tales it brings to life.

Best Solo Performance Award Winner
New York International Fringe Festival

Outstanding Performance Award nomination
Elliot Norton Theatre Critics Award Boston

Fringe First Award Winner
Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Best Actor nomination
Dublin Fringe Festival

Adelaide Fringe Award nomination
Best Theatre Work by an Established Artist

An Unparalleled portrayal. It isn’t the destination; it is the journey. Mr Dooley’s effort s so vividly embodies that maxim you almost believe it.
— The New York Times
Aidan Dooley gives a compelling solo performance in this ripping good yarn about real-life adventurer Tom Crean…the charismatic Dooley recounts the riveting tale of an ordinary man who showed extraordinary courage.
— New York Daily News
Earnest and heartfelt. Dooley’s impassioned chronicle of heroic determination is so satisfying, theatergoers should be up for the journey.
— Time Out New York
A banquet for the ears. Words create adventure that’s just as vivid as the special effects in a Hollywood Bonanza
— Variety
By the end, you almost believed you’d been there too, so perfectly does Dooley conjure the jaw dropping battles against the elements and perilous hazards of the frozen south. It’s enough to make your hair stand on end
— The Daily Telegraph
This magnificent revelation of a fascinating character simply compels a standing ovation.
— The Irish Times
You will go to then end of the earth to find theatre this rewarding
— The Australian