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Everest Untold

Everest Untold

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  • Thu 21 Jul ’16, 7:00pm – 9:30pm


Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 12 Bruce St, Masterton


All Ages


Up With People

Everest Untold follows the climbing of Everest in 1953 from the perspective of expedition leader, Sir John Hunt, and "the other Kiwi" on the climb, George Lowe. It was not the "Hillary and Tenzing show" but a team effort. Others might have got there first had fate not intervened.

It's an extraordinary but little-known story of the 1953 Everest expedition leader Brit Sir John Hunt and Kiwi George Lowe that will expose their collective dreams, personal sacrifices and the part each played in this momentous moment in history.

Written by Gareth Davies, whose international consultancy company Vinstar aids in providing economic and information technology, Davies is no newcomer to the theatrical stage. Everest Untold is his fifth play and the second that has been staged in New Zealand, having had plays performed at the prestigious Hay Festival in the UK. Nepal Memories was performed in the 2015 Auckland Writers’ Festival.

Starring Stephen Lovatt (Angels in America and The Book of Everything) alongside Edwin Wright (Manifesto 2083 and Slow West) and directed by Toby Leach (Wheeler’s Luck), Everest Untold promises to be intimate and illuminating theatre for all New Zealanders.

Raymond Hawthorne: I can’t tell you how informative it is, how entertaining it is and what a great evening it was at the theatre.

Kate Ward-Smythe – Theatre Reviewer: I'm left feeling proud to be a Kiwi, and happy to be fully enlightened about the 1953 team, especially the ‘other' Kiwi in the band.

Matt Baker – Theatre Reviewer: Everest Untold has all the components of success when it comes to (re)educating New Zealander's on one of our greatest triumphs in a genuinely entertaining way; a story that resonates in the psyche of its audience

Prue Smith – Chair of the Himalayan Trust: The play will contribute to keeping the memory and historic significance of the Everest summit ‘alive' in the minds of Kiwis today.

Bruce Chad-Lowe – George Lowe’s son: I understand the adulation of Hillary and Tenzing but what this play tells is actually the story. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

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