Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer

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Updated: July 23rd, 2019

Play On Words Theatre presents

Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer


Lime Tree Theatre | Fri, Oct 25th | 8pm | €22/€20


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 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.

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, gives everything and asks nothingEmer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent Dublin
“This magnificent revelation of a fascinating character simply compels a standing ovation” Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times Dublin
‘An unparalleled  portrayal’ Gina Bellafante New York Times

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