Centric Theatre presents
An intimate telling of an epic arctic journey, based on a true story…
A World Beyond Man charts the extraordinary true story of navigator Valerian Albanov’s 235 mile journey across the arctic ice in search of rescue. A badly planned expedition led to the Russian hunting ship the Saint Anna getting locked in the polar ice of the Kara Sea, one hundred years ago. After waiting for a thaw for 18 months, Albanov decided that the situation was hopeless and resolved to leave the ship and return to civilization on foot. In January 1914, he and 13 other crew members set off on this perilous journey.
Adapted from Albanov’s diaries, Stephanie Dale’s writing thrillingly carries audiences through this astonishing journey. The play has been developed as a one-man show, told through the eyes of Albanov, taking him and his shipmates through the twists and turns, highs and lows, and revelations of an hitherto unknown adventure story.
Stephanie Dale is a highly accomplished playwright, writing for stage, radio and large scale theatre, including 8 plays for BBC Radio 4.
Peter Cann is a writer and director whose work ranges across opera performances to small scale rural touring theatre.
Producer Pippa Frith was awarded the Peter Brook / Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award in 2014 for her work with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. She produces a wide range of work which regularly tours nationally.
★★★★★ It is simply compelling, exhausting and chilling… superb.