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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?
Louw's writing is outstanding. Rennie's performance is a mesmerising tour-de-force of unparalleled intensity. (Eastbourne Herald)
90 minutes of riveting storytelling … Malcolm Rennie conjures up a roaring man, acidic, vengeful and lost … within a stunning performance we slowly witness the disintegration of a personality. 4* (Surrey Advertiser)
In a role that required almost the courage and stamina of a polar expedition, Malcolm Rennie conjured up the horrors and the beauty of the polar landscape in a theatrical monologue of rare dramatic quality. Gail Louw's play asked questions to which there were no answers: did Harry mind never receiving a Polar Medal? What will happen to him? It was a tribute to the ability of Malcolm Rennie and the script of Gail Louw that we cared. (Brighton Argus)
Thunderous applause for a very powerful, clever, elegantly constructed play. Getting one character to create several others on stage is no easy task, but Louw's writing & Rennie's performance made the illusion really believable. (4* Fringe review online)