/ Looking for a venue for Mallory anniversary play
Excerpt from the play here http://johndburns.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/new-play-about-george-mallory/
The mobberly church hall. Where he climbed the spire aged 6 I think????
At the RGS would seem the most appropriate place
I listened to your excerpt and thought it was interesting. I sense the use of quality source material (Wade Davis, Robert McFarlane?)
You describe it as a one man show - do you mean a monologue?
Can you convey the drama of the events and the dynamic between the climbers in that format? (Just asking, I've never written a play).
If the production is to be literally one man I would imagine you could use a wide variety of venues/events. Amongst other possibilities you have, why not approach the Climbers Club or Alpine Club with a view to linking to some of their events or even their huts - a tented stage in the field at Ynys would be fitting if you were to risk the weather.
I'm a member of the CC and would be willing to support the idea.
> I sense the use of quality source material (Wade Davis
Questionable, see previous thread on this subject. If Wade Davis's so called "research" into the Great War is anything to go by it raises serious doubts about the accuracy rest of his book
Got it in one
The accounts of the War are merely backdrops to the tragic and heroic events of 1921,22 and the ultimate tragedy of 1924.
But backdrops which formed a significant amount of the book. It seems a pity that he gave way to reciting out of date and now debunked clap trap, rather than studying both original and more recent, and now widely accepted histories on the Great War. It's sloppy, inaccurate and annoying in an author of his calibre. The Great War was horrific enough without embellishing the history with melodramatic myth, which as I said in the previous thread raises doubts about the accuracy of the rest of the book.
I agree it was a good read, but for me, and it seems others, somewhat tarnished by the above.
p5 - title of Young's book wrong.
p177 - "cornice" can surely only be applied to a snow feature.
p178 - Blodig was of course famous for ascents of the 4000 metre peaks of the Alps. One understands that Canadians don't think in metres, but he might have realised that 4000 of them account for more than 13000 feet, not 12000.
p262 - to call Mallory a "ridge-walker" is just misleading or at least the wrong expression. Also, deeming the West Ridge "impossible" is less than accurate.
p263 - saying that the North Col would turn out to be "the key to the mountain" is also misleading - it is one of the keys to the mountain from that side, but the South Col "would turn out to be the key...."
p290 - suggesting that the Lhotse Face is 70-80 degrees really exposes his lack of mountaineering understanding. The average angle is only just over 30.
p475 - states that Odell was "already a member of the Alpine Club" by the time he was 16. All he had to do was ask, as Odell's application form is in the AC Archives - he was 26 (and if you look at p475, it isn't just a typo).
p567 - I doubt Conrad Anker himself would lay claim to being "arguably the finest climber of his generation".
p594 - Mummery's first name wrong.
Don't want to descend into pedantry, but it just gave me the impression of a man who doesn't really understand climbing, which in turn led me to wonder about the FWW section, about which I know very little.
Having said all of that, I totally agree that it is largely a well written book and "a good read". I just finished up not really knowing what I could trust.
It may well be that he got some facts wrong and that, as a none mountaineer, some of the statements he made may well be debatable but, in his defence, in a book of that length that's almost inevitable.
The Devil, of course, is in the detail.
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