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Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer

Wednesday 18th October 2017

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.

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 which 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.

Written and Performed by Aidan Dooley.  Presented by Play on Words Theatre.


Fringe First Award Winner - Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006

Best Solo Performance Award Winner - New York International Fringe Festival 2003

Outstanding Performance Award nomination - Elliot Norton Theatre Critics Award Boston 2006

Best Actor nomination - Dublin Fringe Festival 2003

Adelaide Fringe Award nomination - Best Theatre Work by Established Artiste 2007


A remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre that gives everything and asks nothing. - Sunday Independent

This magnificent revelation of a fascinating character simply compels a standing ovation. - Irish Times

You will go to the end of the earth to find theatre this rewarding. - The Australian

an unparalleled  portrayal - New York Times


Early dinner in Ballymaloe House before this performance is sold out.


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Wednesday 18th October 2017

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