Pack­ing is most deadly chal­lenge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

NAT­U­RAL­IST Steve Back­shall still strug­gles with pack­ing, de­spite his no­madic ca­reer as host of BBC/ABCME chil­dren’s television pro­gram Deadly 60.

“I should have this down to a fine art af­ter a life­time trav­el­ling for a liv­ing, but I still find it tricky,” Back­shall said.

How­ever, it has not stopped him from travers­ing the world in search of an­i­mal en­coun­ters in the world’s wildest places.

Pole to Pole is the big­gest ex­pe­di­tion Back­shall has done, tak­ing him from the Arc­tic to Antarc­tica, and this will be the sub­ject of his lat­est Deadly 60 Live! show at River­side Theatre on Jan­uary 28.

“It was 14 months across the planet, which had me drop­ping into the guts of a glacier and div­ing along­side great white sharks without a cage for com­fort,” he said.

“We crossed deserts, moun­tains, ocean and ice be­fore fi­nally fin­ish­ing div­ing along­side a leop­ard seal un­der­neath a jade green Antarc­tic ice­berg; retelling this story on stage is go­ing to be epic.

“There’ll be mo­ments of mad­ness, bits they haven’t seen be­fore, high drama, venom-drip­ping fangs and strik­ing snakes in su­per-slow mo­tion.

“Plus, of course, lots of bloop­ers and out­takes, things that did not go right and plenty of chances for the au­di­ence to ask me ques­tions about wildlife.”

Back­shall said he looked for­ward to the live shows af­ter spend­ing months film­ing with just his crew.

“I know how much the young­sters par­tic­u­larly love meet­ing me, shak­ing my hand and ask­ing me ques­tions,” he said.

The tour marks Back­shall’s re­turn to Aus­tralia fol­low­ing live shows last sum­mer and this time he will bring his wife, Bri­tish Olympic gold medal rower He­len Glover.

“She doesn’t sit still, so I’ll have to find loads of an­i­mal en­coun­ters for us to do,” Back­shall said.

Deadly 60 pre­sen­ter Steve Back­shall among king pen­guins.

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