Go­ing wild on stage

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I al­ways think it’s the best ca­reer in the world, even when there are down mo­ments”

some ex­tra­or­di­nary mo­ments from some of the great ex­pe­di­tions we’ve had around the world – some of the very best bits, some of the bloop­ers and the bits that peo­ple haven’t seen be­fore. It’ll be a lot of laughs.”

The show will be a mix­ture of mo­ments from Steve’s wildlife ex­pe­di­tions, as well as facts, anec­dotes, and the chance to ask your own ques­tions.

Steve said: “The first time I ever dived with a blue whale, the world’s largest crea­ture, was an un­for­get­table mo­ment. See­ing one of those cours­ing past me in the deep blue was some­thing re­ally mes­meric and to­tally over­whelm­ing, I’ll cer­tainly never for­get that.

“Small things as well, like hold­ing a tiny spi­der in your hand and know­ing you’re the first per­son ever to have seen that species. That’s a pretty over­pow­er­ing thought as well.

“Those are the tremen­dous priv­i­leges that come with a ca­reer like mine.”

De­spite its amaz­ing perks, Steve Back­shall has had some dan­ger­ous mo­ments in his life as an ex­plorer, in­clud­ing break­ing his back in a rock climb­ing ac­ci­dent in 2008.

Steve said: “I al­ways think it’s the best ca­reer in the world, even when there are down mo­ments.

“There are ex­pe­di­tions where you have very long pe­ri­ods of time in the trop­i­cal rain­forests, be­ing con­stantly rained on and eaten alive by bugs and tics where you’re not find­ing the wildlife you’ve gone out to find, where things are chal­leng­ing and maybe you get ill. Even in those mo­ments I know full well that in a week’s time it’s go­ing to be amaz­ing again.”

Steve told the Gazette that in­spir­ing peo­ple to pur­sue sciences and ex­plor­ing is an im­por­tant part of his job, with fans of his go­ing on to study sub­jects like zo­ol­ogy and marine bi­ol­ogy.

Steve said: “If I had any mis­sion in life, [in­spir­ing chil­dren] would be it. For the first ten years of my ca­reer I was do­ing it be­cause I loved it, be­cause I was hav­ing amaz­ing ad­ven­tures, be­cause I was get­ting to ex­plore the world. It was just sen­sa­tional. But then I thought there needs to be more to it than that, there needs to be a pur­pose.

“There is so much that my kind of life has to of­fer to young peo­ple. Not ev­ery­one is lucky enough to have had role mod­els and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that I’ve had, so I think mak­ing sure that young peo­ple know what there is out there, to know what they can go af­ter and what they can achieve, and just try­ing to make it cool more than any­thing, is re­ally im­por­tant.

“That can get peo­ple started and that can change lives.”

The Wild World tour will ac­com­pany the re­lease of Shark Seas, the fourth book in The Fal­con Chron­i­cles se­ries of chil­dren’s nov­els.

The new book is due to be re­leased ahead of the tour, and will be able to buy at each venue.

Steve said: “[Shark Seas] is the lat­est in a line of books called The Fal­con Chron­i­cles, which fol­lows my hero and my hero­ine around the world.

“They’re on the run, they’re be­ing chased by a shad­owy or­gan­i­sa­tion known as The Clan, but they find them­selves em­broiled in some of the world’s most in­tense con­ser­va­tion co­nun­drums. This time it’s the cri­sis that’s fac­ing sharks around the world.

“First and fore­most the books are great ad­ven­tures, a mas­sive roller-coaster thrill ride, but I’m also try­ing to get as much in­for­ma­tion about an­i­mals, and as much in­for­ma­tion about the chal­lenges that face an­i­mals as I can.”

Steve said his fu­ture holds much more ex­plor­ing and wildlife ex­pe­di­tions to far corners of the world.

He said: “What I would most like to do is to do lots more ex­pe­di­tions, re­ally gen­uinely ex­plor­ing in an old-fash­ioned way, go­ing to places where peo­ple have never been to be­fore, dis­cov­er­ing new species of an­i­mals. That, to me, is the most ex­cit­ing thing.”

As well as vis­it­ing venues around the UK, Steve Back­shall will be per­form­ing at the fol­low­ing venues in west Lon­don – The Beck Theatre in Hayes (Oc­to­ber 25), the Royal Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety in Kens­ing­ton (Novem­ber 11) and Rich­mond Theatre in Rich­mond (Novem­ber 20).

Steve Back­shall’s Wild World tick­ets are now on sale.

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