Polar drama chills Croydon

 Date:14/03/2007 - 16/03/2007
 Type:Culture, Performing Arts
 Location:England, Croydon

The release earlier this year of Captain Robert Scott's last letter to his wife and son, given by his son's widow to the Scott Polar Research Institute, provided an insight into his death 95 years ago. A new play, 'Terra Nova', tells of the build-up to that sad end.

The play, by Ted Tally, has previously been staged by the Nantwich Players in Cheshire to celebrate the achievements of explorers Roald Amundsen from Norway and Britain's Captain Robert Scott. They each arrived at the South Pole 95 years ago, an event still significant in both countries. Now it's the Trinity Drama Productions that present their version at The Mitre Theatre in Croydon.

"Message to the public. The causes of the disaster are these..." Captain Robert Scott's words herald the epic re-enactment of his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Neither he nor his four companions, including Captain Oates, survived. By the late 19th Century, Antarctica was the last unexplored continent and the South Pole the most remote spot on earth. Many men dreamed of being the first to arrive and claim the geographical prize but in the end it was a race between the very English Captain Scott and the Norwegian Roald Amundsen.

'Terra Nova' is based on the diaries found on Captain Scott's frozen body and relives the fateful journey through his eyes and his conscience. It is a sweeping and spectacular play about this tragic journey. We know the ending. Through Terra Nova, we understand the beginning too, and why the story of Captain Scott's heroism lives on a century later.

Terra Nova
14 - 16 March, 7.30pm
The Mitre Theatre
Trinity School, Croydon
Tickets: Adults £5, Students £3
Tel: 0208 656 9541/ Email:

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Norwegian Roald Amundsen was the first to reach the South Pole 95 years agoPhoto: Eivind Engebretsen / O. Væring

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