Radio 4 Vrije Geluiden: South - The Ernest Shackleton Endurence Expedition (1914-1917)
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Exactly 100 years ago, in 1917, Ernest Shackleton, leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition on the south pole, stumbled - more dead than alive - into Stromness Whaling Station on South Georgia.
He and his expedition members had endured the unendurable: his ship the Endurance was destroyed by the pressure of the relentless pack ice, they camped for months under extreme cold temperatures on the drifting ice, marched hoaling the heavy resue boats over the treacherous ice, trying to reach open water from where they would try to row to one of the Antarctic Peninsula islands.
The diet was sealion fat for allmost two years.
From Elephant Island Shackleton and three crew members undertook the final and extreme dangerous rescue effort: sailing 720 nautical miles (1330 km)! to South Georgia on the most dangerous seapassage on the globe.
They barely made it.
And then they still had to cross the whole island, over glaciers and through waterfalls and ice rivers, until they reached the whaling station, totally exhausted. After that all remaining men of the epedition were picked up by boats. All men survived, which is extraordinary!
"South" is the greatest survival adventure of all times.
Exactly 100 years after the return of Shackleton and his crew, Maarten Regtien scripted Shackleton's book South for this new electronic composition.
All chapter highlights in Schackleton's epic journal are woven into a major one-hour composition, solely based upon the sounds of "Le Sacre du Printemps" of Stravinsky, the 20th century revolutionary masterpiece, completed only half a year before Shackleton left for the South Pole.
And more, the captivating narration of Angus McLean makes this composition an exiting audio drama.
The script for this audio drama is available here:
South Script by M.Regtien (pdf)