Britain is Going South!
In 1912 Captain Scott lost a race to the bottom of the world, and his life.
But Apsley Cherry-Garrad survived, and he’s here to tell the story: a tragic tale of heroic failure with comedy, clowning, attempted juggling and song.
Going South! is a one-man comedic storytelling show written and performed by Craig Methven, inspired by the true story of Captain Scott’s ill-fated race to the south pole during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-12 and loosely adapted from The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the expedition’s Assistant Zoologist. Going South! follows ‘Cherry’s’ attempts to make sense of and come to terms with the tragic loss of his friends, and his own part in the failure of the expedition.
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. A comedy show in form, Going South! 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.
Going South! 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.