One of the many reasons the Split Knuckle Theatre Endurance project is so compelling is the wealth of material available on the source. Ever since we found this project, we’ve been collecting that material. We think you’ll appreciate the performance even more if you immerse yourself We offer some of it to you here:
On Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition:
- A three-minute radio piece by Richard Harris, NPR – Shackleton isn’t the only one who discovers that Antarctica serves up its own brand of trouble. A great follow up to Andy’s talk last night and a wonderful intro to Mike’s talk Wednesday. Brings into focus why this exploration is important to us today.
- Shackletons Antarctic Adventure w Kevin Spacey –shot for Imax by WGBH, the opening shots are the most beautiful you’ll ever see! This was what started Split Knuckle’s project. As Greg Webster, their artistic director says “I could listen to Kevin Spacey all day long.”
- The timeline. Shackleton set sail from Buenes Aires on Oct 26, 1914… One hundred years ago
- As always, PBS, in this case NOVA, has a wealth of information posted to go along with their coverage of the story
Meet the Team
“MEN WANTED: FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS. SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON”
- Meet the team: Photos and bios of Shackleton’s expedition from NOVA
- Listen to a great piece Here and Now did on Shackleton’s Leadership and how his greatest failure became his greatest success
One of the most interesting stories related to the expedition is that of Frank Hurley, the Autralian photographer and film maker. His photographs are beautiful and because of his great heroics, they are available to us still.
- Here’s Kodak’s exhibit , One of my favorites
- Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition – NPR article about finding images from his first expedition
- A brief film on Hurley, narrated by no less than Leo McKern
- Another favorite, here’s a link to WNPR covereage of the story: Shackleton, He’s So Hot Right Now. In it, you can find a link to an interview with the authors of “Shackleton’s Way”
“Throughout the ordeal,” which lasted almost two years, Morell said, “they’re actually having a remarkably good time.” While that seems like an overstatement, the expedition did find ways to entertain themselves, and these moments were important to their overall survival: sending birthday cards, playing sports, group sing-alongs, frolicking with dogs (before they ate them), mock trials, hair cutting, and theater.
While living on desolate Elephant Island, crewman Thomas Orde-Lees wrote in his journal, “We’ve had a grand concert tonight of 24 turns. And so ends one of the happiest days of my life.”
Authors Morrell and Capparell recalled the time the Endurance was finally crushed in the ice floe. Shackleton turned to his men and said, very decisively, “Now we will go home.”
“In that one short sentence of setting a clear goal,” Morell said, “he quickly re-frames the situation and sets them on a path to getting every single one of them home alive.” The authors said the leader would call everyone together to make big announcements, often ask his men for their advice. “He unleashed the powers of his team by getting them to use their strengths,” they added.
The Play’s the thing
Watch the Trailer
Read and listen about it:
- From the New York Times
- From the Courant
- From WNPR
- From the New Haven Review
- From the New Haven Register
- From the Examiner
- From Broadway World
Conversation with Split Knuckle Theatre’s Artistic Director Greg Webster
- The-Importance-of-Being-Ernest print interview
- Great Radio: Endurance Play Links Shackleton Journey to Financial Crisis
Rediscovering Shackleton’s territory:
- From no less than Fairbank’s Amy Nordrum, Google Street follows Shackleton’s trek with video and slideshow, all reported by Scientific American
- PBS’ Chasing Shackleton
- NOVA trailer, has good original footage.
More on the Shackleton Whiskey:
Just for fun
John Oliver – Don’t go to Antarctica