Discovering Antarctica: Heroic Tales of Shackleton, Crean & Scott
Three Performances: Friday March 18 at 8 pm, Saturday March 19 at 2pm, and Sunday, March 20 at 2pm
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.
About the Performance
Set during The Golden Age of Antarctic Exploration (1901-1916), discover the riveting stories of the only man who served standing alongside Scott and Shackleton in three of the most daring and challenging expeditions to the great white continent including Shackleton’s ill-fated Endurance expedition.
Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of Antarctica. The play takes you to the edge of your seat … and beyond, as it reenacts many of the era’s heroic endeavors.
This includes Crean’s infamous 36 mile solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades – described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”.
The show has won critical acclaim, multiple awards and continues to enjoy sell-out performances and standing ovations. Having toured globally, including a stop in Antarctica, nearly a quarter of a million people have been captivated by the show and the heroic tales it brings to life.
Critical Praise for Discovering Antarctica
“An unparalleled portrayal. It isn’t the destination; it is the journey. Mr. Dooley’s effort so vividly embodies that maxim you almost believe it.“
– The New York Times
Best Solo Performance Award Winner
New York International Fringe Festival
Fringe First Award Winner
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Continue your arctic adventure with the Museum’s exhibition, Stowed Away: A Traveling Philographist and his Arctic Uke. Stowed Away explores the story behind the ukulele that “stowed-away” on Admiral Richard Byrd’s North-Pole flight of 1926. The ukulele belonged to Richard Konter, a naval veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War I, who participated in Byrd’s expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. For years after the flight, Konter used this instrument as an unusual “autograph book,” collecting the signatures of more than 150 individuals—from royalty to presidents, explorers to generals, scientists to politicians—who added their names to this unique artifact of Arctic history.
Ticket & Visitor Information
General Admission is $40.00. Member tickets are $35.00. Become a Morris Museum Member today. Runtime 90 minutes with no intermission.
All patrons 12 years and older must provide proof of vaccination and corresponding ID. All patrons 2 years and older must wear masks throughout the performance and while inside the Morris Museum and Bickford Theatre.
To purchase tickets over the phone, call the box office at 973-971-3706.