Antarc­tic tales at heart of show

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Photo: EMILY CATER

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