An intimate telling of an epic arctic journey, based on a true story, unfolds at the Little Theatre in Chester on July 25.
A World Beyond Man charts the extraordinary true story of navigator Valerian Albanov’s 235 mile journey across the Arctic ice in search of rescue.
A badly planned expedition led to the Russian hunting ship the Saint Anna getting locked in the polar ice of the Kara Sea, 100 years ago.
After waiting for a thaw for 18 months, Albanov decided that the situation was hopeless and resolved to leave the ship and return to civilization on foot.
In January 1914, he and 13 other crew members set off on this perilous journey.
Adapted from Albanov’s diaries (The Land of the White Death), Stephanie Dale’s writing carries audiences through this astonishing journey.
The play has been developed as a one-man show, told through the eyes of Albanov, taking him and his shipmates through the twists and turns, highs and lows, and revelations of an unknown adventure story.
Underpinned by a specially designed soundscape, A World Beyond Man will be an intimate telling of an epic story.
The design and set will change throughout the play, illustrating the narrative as it unravels, evoking the stark and alien landscape through which Albanov travels.
Writer Stephanie Dale said: “Valerian Albanov’s diary is an amazing find. This hitherto unknown story of endurance, betrayal and sacrifice cries out for dramatisation.
“It’s been a privilege to work with Peter Cann and Cassian Wheeler in the creation of a remarkable performance.”
Stephanie Dale is a talented and highly accomplished playwright, writing for stage, radio and large scale theatre.
She has written eight plays for BBC Radio 4 and in 2013 she wrote a critically acclaimed new version of the Chester Mystery Plays, seen by more than 10,000 people during its sell-out run.
Peter Cann is a writer and director whose work ranges across performance forms from opera to small scale rural touring theatre.
He is the former artistic director of Pentabus Theatre and has directed shows for Birmingham Rep, InTransit, Ragged Mouth and O Teatro Montemuro in Portugal.
Recently he has directed The Trade in Lunacy for Talking Birds and Troystory by Nick Walker for The Orchestra of the Swan.
Visit www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk for more details.