Time to meet our other character, the one and only Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton will be played by Carl Thompson, who shared his thoughts about the great man himself.

Tell us a bit about what happens to your character.
Shackleton is well… Shackleton. He sees his identity as a polar explorer. He is determined to lead his men across the entire continent of the Antarctic. There is one basic thing that he may have underestimated however: the ice.

It’s a story in quite an extreme environment. What’s the single toughest thing your character has to face during the story?
I think as the expedition’s ship becomes immovable in the ice pack there is a painful decision for Shackleton to make. The decision to shelve your dream, accept its failure and, without losing a drop of morale shift the objective to getting your crew home alive.

What made you want to be an actor?
I was young and impressionable. Taking an audience on the adventure of a generation without leaving a little black box theatre? Makes me giddy with excitement.

What’s the biggest adventure you’ve ever been on?

I travelled alone across India when I was 17.

Why should we come and watch your show?
It is an epic story which made heroes of all involved told with intimacy. We’re all going to the freaking Antarctic.

Sum up your young stowaway in three words.
Tastier than penguin.

Tickets are available now from the Fringe Website.