A Tale Of Truly Heroic Failure
CaroleW Productions and Back of the Attic present
Newcastle Lit & Phil
Wednesday 15th - Thursday 16th January 2020
Against the back drop of Newcastle’s magnificent Lit & Phil Library welcome Apsley Cherry-Garrad, or “Cherry” survivor of Captain Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole on the 108th anniversary of their great achievement!
In keeping with CaroleW Productions modus operandi of cherry picking, if you’ll excuse the pun, the perfect play for the perfect venue, this first partnership with the Lit & Phil is a tragic, comic yet moving story of dare-do and camaraderie. It is framed as presentation to the good people of Newcastle at its historic library founded initially as a conversation club in 1793, and host since its inception to a range of luminaries from the fields of science, the natural sciences, philosophy and history what better place to host the gallant hero of the play?
Going South! is a one-man comedic storytelling show written and performed by Craig Methven of Back of the Attic Theatre, based on the true story of Scott’s ill-fated expedition. Going South! follows ‘Cherry’s’ attempts to make sense of the tragic loss of his friends, and the failure of the expedition, while also trying to keep it light, keep it funny and entertain the audience who have come to hear a Great British hero, as he stands in for the dead Captain on his ‘victory’ tour!
Going South! charts Cherry’s efforts to tell his story, and that of his fellow explorers, and in doing so asks questions about our ability to be true, open and honest with each other, and how this is impacted by the way we construct images of heroism and bravery. It explores, questions and celebrates the ways we use comedy as a shield, asking what our desire to keep laughing and to keep people laughing does, and how this creates barriers to emotional expression and personal honesty. It features original songs, comedy and juggling routines, and one accidental burlesque number, as Cherry stumbles towards exposing himself and opening up to an audience, to other people for the first time.
In keeping with CaroleW’s other modus operandi it will of course provide audiences with, “a good night out”!
Venue: Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Venue website http://www.litandphil.org.uk/whats-on/