SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
21ST FEBRUARY 1911 - 21ST FEBRUARY 2011
On 21st February 2011 the Shackleton show 'Nearest The South Pole' was staged in the same Rotunda building to celebrate the anniversary, and also attracted a large attendance.
The show itself consists of music, lectures and poetry together with readings from contemporary newspaper accounts performed by actors in period dress.
Bob Headland (Senior Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute) saw the show as part of the Shackleton Autumn School weekend in October 2010 in Athy. He especially enjoyed the acting and commented as follows:
'I very much enjoyed the presentation. In particular the distinctive ambience of the location was very effectively used by the actors.
'The principle of using contemporary newspaper accounts is always a good one, and perhaps the best way to indicate public opinion at the time. This often demonstrates fascinating comparisons between the thoughts at the time of an occurrence, and those from the present.
'It was also good to see an appropriate degree of ironical humour, especially with the benefit of afterthought (indeed almost a century of afterthought). The effort in 'rounding up' appropriate newspaper extracts was certainly worth the impression it provided which, with the music and other things of a multi-media event, made a fascinating conclusion to the themes of a very polar day.'