Included here are notices of exhibits, lectures, conferences and other gatherings or events of Antarctic interest. Current and closest to the present usually listed first. Go to PAST EVENTS for those that have already happened.The best polar gathering of the year is the Shackleton Autumn School, held each October in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Have a look at photos and commentary on the past ten gatherings excerpted from trip reports on my personal webpage.
Last updated: 5 March 2017.Accessed at least times since 17 April 2007.
ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME 14 April - 11 June 2017. Tony Kiser Theatre at Second Stage, 305 W. 43rd Street (between 8th and 9th), New York, NY. Tuesday - Sunday. Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday. Tickets: 866-811-4111. Web: http://ernestshackletonlovesme.com
"ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME is the epic musical adventure starring GrooveLily's fierce and funny electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda (Striking 12), and the courageous and charismatic Wade McCollum (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). This innovative, high-tech adventure tells the story of a sleep-deprived single mom who struggles to work as a video game music composer. Unexpectedly, she is contacted across time by the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey with her in video and song. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other.
Directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson and written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), with music composed by Brendan Milburn and lyrics by Valerie Vigoda, ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME features production design by Alexander V. Nichols (Nice Work If You Can Get It), costume design by Chelsea Cook and sound design and original compositions by Tony Award winner Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!). ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVE ME was originally co-commissioned by Theatre Works and La Jolla Playhouse."
I saw this when it played at the Paramount in Boston in 2015. Lots of fun!
SHACKLETON Tuesday, 28 February - Saturday, 11 March 2017. Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin. Tickets: €16-20.
"The Blue Raincoat Theatre Company will bring their Sligo sell-out production 'Shackleton' to Dublin next week for 14 performances. I'm particularly excited by the production and am hoping that Dublin will be a sell out for them too—2,800 seats to be sold! Last Saturday's Irish Times front page included an image from the play.
They are giving us a 20% discount on tickets purchased on or before next Tuesday 28th February.
The show then moves on to Scotland and hopefully we might be in a position to host it locally in County Kildare at some stage."
—From an e-mail sent by Brian O'Gorman, 25 February 2017
See information in 'Athy News'.
SONGS OF THE MORNING—LUNCH & CONCERT Sunday, 5 March 2017. Lunch at 1pm. Tickets: £15 from email@example.com. Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, 1 Windsor Crescent, Bridlington, East Yorkshire YO15 3HX
Soloist: Matthew Pollard, Rector of Bridlington Priory. Pianist: Katie Colbrook. "These are the original songs composed by the members of the crew of the 'SY Mlorning' captained by RYYC member William Colbeck. 'Morning' was sent to the Antarctic to rescue [sic] Scott's 1901-1904 'Discovery' expedition."
THE ROSS SEA PARTY - Joe O'Farrell Thursday, 9 March 2017. 7pm for 7:30-9pm. School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast BT7 1NN. Sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society of Northern Ireland. Free but e-mail to book: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Tasked with laying supply depots for Shackleton moving towards them, the party was unaware that Endurance had been crushed in sea ice. The depots were set up in spite of many setbacks, including the loss of their ship."
THE HEROIC ERA OF ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION - A Conference Friday 24 - Sunday 26 March 2017, National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Torpedo Bat, Devonport, Auckland, NZ.
Friday evening: Cocktail party.
Saturday: 9am-4pm. Conference Sessons. 4-6 Social Gathering, Navy Wardroom.
Sunday: 10am. Commemorative Service, Navy Chapel, followed by tour of the Devonport Navy Base. Afternoon: Conference Sessions and final Social Gathering at Navy Museum.
Registration: Download form from www.antarctic.org.nz
JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY, MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE Friday, 5 May 2017, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.
SOUTHPOLE-sium v.3 Friday-Sunday, 12-14 May 2017, Oslo, Norway. See the webpage on this site.
17th ANNUAL SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL
Friday-Monday, 27-30 October 2017. Athy, Ireland. More to come.
JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY, AGM, MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE Friday, 10 November 2017, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London. Preceded by the AGM at 5:30pm in the South Cloister. Dinner will be served at 7pm in the Great Hall.