Antarctic tales at heart of show
Auckland alt-folksters Bond Street Bridge are returning for a second southern lakes performance of the The Explorers Club: Antarctica after their sellout show at the Queenstown Winter Festival. The Wanaka performance coincides with the release of an album of the songs that make up the show telling the incredible stories of Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton and the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Songwriter Sam Prebble said the show had touched a chord when it was last performed in the district. ‘‘There’s something about this show that really seems to resonate with people who know the mountains,’’ he said. The show grew from Prebble’s fascination with Antarctic heritage and includes songs with lyrics from the journals and poems of the explorers as well as artworks and photographs. The stories include Captain Oates walking to his death, Scott freezing in his tent, but writing to the last, and Shackleton sailing hundreds of miles in an open boat to save his men. The show won the ‘‘Best Music’’ award at the 2012 NZ Fringe festival Awards and has played to full houses around the country.