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Play on Words

Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer

The story of 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. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the 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 the 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”. He was subsequently awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery.
This multi-award winning show has now played critically acclaimed sell-out performances throughout Ireland, USA, Australia, Europe and the UK.
This performance will be followed by a chat show with Bob Kelly, Hawk’s well Theatre Artist in Residence.


“a remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing.” Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

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

"An unparalleled  portrayal" Gina Bellafante, New York Times

Written and Performed by Aidan Dooley.