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Shackleton’s Carpenter

Sat 16th Nov 2019 @ 8:00 pm


Shackleton’s Carpenter, Harry McNish, was the only man who challenged The Boss on the ice floes of Antarctica.

Shackleton’s Endurance sank in Antarctica, leaving him and his crew of 27 stranded.

McNish, brilliant carpenter and shipwright, defied Shackleton, but went all the way with him and played an absolutely vital role in ensuring all 28 were saved.

For all his bravery and ingenuity, McNish was one of the very few who were never awarded the Polar Medal. His health impaired by the experience, he emigrated to New Zealand where his condition worsened, and he could no longer work.

Now, alone and destitute, one still night on the dockside, he challenges The Boss one last time. In his fevered mind he relives the Endurance expedition, pitting himself against Shackleton and plagued by the ghosts of his past.

How did he antagonise the hero of Antarctica?  How does he come to terms with it?



Gail Louw is a multi-award winning playwright and her plays are performed throughout the world. Her play Duwayne, won Best New Play at Brighton Fringe 2014.  Blonde Poison has been produced internationally winning an Argus  Angel for Artistic Excellence in 2012, Best of the Fest at the San Francisco Fringe 2016 and was the flagship production at the Hilton Arts Festival in South Africa.

It was performed at the Sydney Opera House 2016 and the Lawler Centre in Melbourne, and forthcoming productions include Berlin in 2018 and London in 2019

Miss Dietrich Regrets won a Naledi Award in South Africa and was produced in Prague in Czech in 2017.  Her play with Jeffrey Holland, And this is my friend Mr Laurel, was sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and completed a 26 venue national tour. It will be at Edinburgh again in 2018.

Two Sisters was on in Los Angeles in 2016, and a new production had a successful run with many sold out performances in 2017. The Half Life of Love had a successful tour in 2016 and an American production in May 2017 in Salem, Oregon.

The Mitfords completed a hugely successful tour in 2017/18 with all its performances sold out.  Being Brahms is touring in 2018.

Oberon has published two collections of her plays.



Tony Milner has had a long career in the theatre as an actor, director and since 1979 as a producer and director with his company New Vic Productions.

He has produced numerous Number 1 tours as well as West End/ Broadway shows, as well as giving many unknown writers directors and actors a chance to flourish.

His most recent work has been with Gail as producer and director of Joe Ho Ho, Killing Faith, Blonde Poison, Two Sisters, Duwayne and Miss Dietrich Regrets.

Shackleton’s Carpenter was the second last play he directed before his death in 2015 and this tour is dedicated to his memory.



Malcolm Rennie has appeared in over 20 West End shows including Catch my Soul, She Stoops to Conquer, The Good Companions, Salad Days, The Price, The Cabinet Minister, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Chiltern Hundreds, Hard Times and many more.

Recent stage appearances include Sir Anthony Absolute in the Rivals (Salisbury), Salieri in Amadeus (York), Willy Clark in The Sunshine Boys (W Yorks Playhouse), Spettigue in Charley’s Aunt (Royal Exchange) and Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady on international tour.

He also toured internationally with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Jacob, father to Philip Schofield’s Joseph, and with the RSC world tour of Peter Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Many TV and film appearances including Midsomer Murders, Taggart, Ransom, Pride and Prejudice, The Lenny Henry Show, Sunny Stories, The Accountant, Monarch of the Glen and most recently Hysteria, Coronation Street, Sherlock, and 4 series of Mr Selfridge as Fraser the family butler.

Nominated for Best Actor, Sony Awards (Ken in Nicola Jonson for Capital Radio) and Best Actor for MEN Awards (Jaggers in Great Expectations for the Royal Exchange).



Sat 16th Nov 2019
8:00 pm
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Ropery Hall
Maltkiln Road Barton upon Humber
North Lincolnshire, DN18 5JT United Kingdom
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