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Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer Performance by Aidan Dooley

Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer

Date: Sunday 7th April  | Doors at 18:30 | Performance starts at 19:00 (1 hour) | Interval 20:00 | Final Act 20:30 (45mins)

Admission: £12 (tickets available to order below)

A fundraiser to help return LV21’s original optic back to the ship.

Aidan Dooley performs his award winning one man show Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer aboard LV21. An intimate, limited ticket performance that will bring a whole new perspective to this dramatic show.

About Tom Crean

Tom Crean (1877 – 1938) 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 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 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”.

Also Showing

Ticket holders will be in with a chance of winning a unique artwork by Cas Holmes and can view a selection of work by Malcolm Attryde from his ongoing series of work inspired by the exploits of Captain Scott.


“Deep Blue” Artwork To Win

Cas Holmes - Deep Blue

by Cas Holmes

There will also be the opportunity to win an exclusive artwork by Cas Holmes who has kindly donated a piece Deep Blue inspired by the river Medway. More details on how to be in with a winning chance coming soon.

Cas is an artist, teacher and author living in the U.K working in textiles and mixed media. She uses discarded items, waste material no longer considered useful and develops pieces using stitch and collage. Her work is informed by the ‘hidden’ or often overlooked parts of our landscape, and personal spaces.

“Not Difficult In Fine Weather”

Malcolm Attryde NDIFW

by  Malcolm Attryde

An ongoing series by local artist Malcolm Attryde inspired by the exploits of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, his team and their bid to reach the South Pole, and principally the Huts they called home for many months at a time during their exploits. Malcolm is intrigued by the juxtaposition of every day items, and certainly at that time household names amongst scientific and exploration equipment, feats of great heroism and hardship surrounded by the mundane.

The title of the series is a quote from Scott’s Diary: “The Beardmore Glacier is not difficult in fine weather, but on our return we did not get a single completely fine day; this with a sick companion enormously increased our anxieties.”


We’re hoping to raise £1,000 to pay for the dismantling and transportation of LV21’s original optic which has been kindly donated to LV21 by the Friends of St Mary’s Island with the help of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers.

Ticket price includes a free alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink and nibbles during the interval.

Suitable for ages 8 years and above.

Please note, LV21 is a historic ship undergoing restoration. Access is via steep steps. There is ample free parking on and around Gillingham Pier.