Date: Thursday, 30th March
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Everest, Antarctic and Beyond Endurance
Directed by Aidan Dooley – Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer
In his show, Everest, Antarctic and Beyond Endurance, adventurer Pat Falvey shares his remarkable story. From his early years in Cork’s North side, to reaching the top of Everest and touching the South Pole, Pat describes his experiences with great humour and in a style that will make you feel that you are in his front room. You get a personal insight into how and why his exploration career began. He recounts how, for decades, the question, ‘What’s next?’ always propelled him from one extraordinary adventure to another.
Accompanied by stunning slides and visuals, he describes his phenomenal Everest ascents and incredible Antarctic expeditions. Recounting stories of the men and women he met along the way, explaining the attention to detail he applies to ensure his own safety and that of those in his charge, Pat brings his audience on a journey of discovery.
Hear Pat’s riveting stories, accompanied by spectacular slides and video, of what it is like to reach the summit of Everest, the world’s highest mountain, and to trek to the South Pole and across South Georgia, an expedition undertaken in honour of Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean.
Actor and director, Aidan Dooley, whose one-man show, Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer, has captured and enthralled audiences for over a decade, is directing Everest, Antarctic and Beyond Endurance. The men met many years ago when Pat attended Aidan’s show in Cork, just after he returned from one of his expeditions. Aidan believes that Pat has a fantastic tale to tell.
‘His achievements are quite remarkable. I want to help him deliver his magnificent story directly to an audience by sharing with him some of the skills I have acquired in connecting with the listener. Both Tom Crean and Pat Falvey have seen and been to the extraordinary Antarctica and have come home alive. They are both remarkable men from ordinary backgrounds, who were asked life-surviving questions by nature. They both answered with life-affirming positivity and resolve. They share in common, resilience, determination and a belief that the human being is deeply good at heart.
‘Pat’s presentation differs in its style and structure from that of my Tom Crean play. In my performance, the audience knows that I am not the man himself, but they allow their imagination to connect and become involved. They suspend their disbelief and emotionally engage in Tom’s journey as they feel and hear the details of his expeditions. That is the essence of a theatrical performance. Pat Falvey doesn’t need any of that theatricality; he is the real man, the real explorer. He doesn’t have to ask the audience to pretend to see and feel his extraordinary experiences. Hearing his stories, from the man himself, will be a very powerful experience.’
Pat was leader of the team that saw Cork’s Clare O’Leary become the first Irish woman to reach the summit of Everest. He became the first person in the world to complete the Seven Summits twice, including Mount Everest from the north and south sides. Since then, he has led his teams across the greatest Polar regions of planet Earth, including Antarctica, South Georgia, Greenland and the Arctic, leading over ninety adventures in total. He has twice reached the summit of Everest and has stood on both the South and North Poles.
“Become an explorer in the journey of your own life.” Pat Falvey, You Have The Power: Explore The Mindset You Need To Realise Your Dreams