Craig Poole talks about SHACKLETON’S STOWAWAY at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name: Craig Poole
Name of Edinburgh show: Shackleton’s Stowaway
Venue: The Space at Surgeons’ Hall
Performance time: 21:10
Show length: 50 minutes
Ticket price: £10 – £8 (conc.)

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I am a Manager/ bartender of a cocktail bar & cafe in my local town in Gloucestershire. I’m moving to London later this year to continue my love for Performing. My training is with a local theatre group called ‘Imagine Theatre’ & I am also a member of the National Youth Theatre.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Shackleton’s Stowaway to me is focusing on two points of the whole expedition & that is the power of friendship & how you can find trust in the most unlikely of people.
The story is of a young boy being discovered in the depths of a ship heading to the Antarctic. Thrown into the hands of Shackleton (the Captain) only to be increasingly cheeky & sarcastic, upping his chances of being thrown overboard. However Shackleton takes a shining to the stowaway and allows him to continue on their voyage into the unknown. Who knows what will happen next!

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
We have been working on this show for just about 2 months now. The historical context of the show is relevant now mainly because of how much scientists and historians are biting their teeth into the story of Shackleton. This being because they are attempting to retrieve his sunken ship from the depths of the frozen sea. The social context however I believe is relevant to the positive attitude we need to keep in this depressing day and age. Even the Stowaway could find a joke to crack and a witty comment to make in the darkest of times.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
This being my first time at the fringe I myself don’t have any tips. But if you have any tips for me then, brilliant even better. However if you are lost or need help and see me around Edinburgh I will be more than happy to help you in any way I can (or not).

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Someone skipping 7 pages of a script and the director having to stop the show because the scene was ‘important’. (It was quite important).

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Victoria Wood & Julie Walters are my biggest inspirations due to the simple fact they are hilarious. Their dedication and creation of characters is incredible. I will always admire them.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
The only pre show ritual I have apart from my warming up routine is to go to the loo, there is nothing worse than getting a bit too nervous.
I am looking forward to going to see some puppetry based shows and of course support as many friends as I can up there.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
You should come and watch our show, not only because of the humour but because of the journey both of these characters share. The quality of love and hate within these two friends is timeless, particularly because they couldn’t be more alike! You will laugh, maybe even tear up a little, as you watch the beauty and struggle of a growing friendship aboard a wooden ship.


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