Green Room Interview with Aidan Dooley. Star of ‘Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer’ at Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Opens Mon 27 Jan.

ImageThe Civic Theatre chats to Aidan Dooley, the star of one man show ‘Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer’ about the show and what he loves about it!

How has the tour being going?
I have been doing the show on and off for 11 years now

When did you first perform ‘Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer’?
I did it at the maritime museum in Greenwich London as an education project.

What places has the show toured to?
New York, Boston, Vermont and Florida in the USA – Australia – Dubai – all over the UK and of course Ireland

Do you still get excited about performing this character and telling his story?
Of Course – it is a wonderful experience to have the audience so engrossed in what you are telling them.

What was the most challenging thing about becoming your character? Why?
I think the hardest part of the character is he was a real person and so I am entrusted by his memory not to be disrespectful. Getting the balance of the humour with the tragedy right in the performance is very importance.

Do you feel any connection between yourself and your character?
Very much so – I feel I am his friend and he mine. He has allowed me this honour and I am so grateful.

What was the hardest part of putting on the show?
Getting theatres in the first place interested in this unknown man. A decade ago no one knew him apart from the people of his home town.

Why do you think audiences love this show so much?
It shows them an ordinary man ( like them ) enduring terrible hardship with a humility and a sense of humour. It shows that man winning out over the awful circumstances and overcoming them. This encourages us all to strive ourselves in our own lives and we find inspiration to that end in Tom Crean’s story.

What can audiences expect from the show?
A really good enjoyable night out in which you will laugh and cry but most importantly you will come away with a ‘feel good’ for yourself and those you love.


‘Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer’ opens tonight – Monday, 27th January 2014.
Runs until Saturday 1st February @ 8pm
Booking: / 01 4627477


About Civic Theatre

The Civic Theatre's Mission is to mount an artistic and challenging programme of contemporary and classical Irish and international work in Theatre, Dance, Opera and Music for the community of South Dublin county and environs. History The Civic Theatre, opened in March 1999, a project of South Dublin County Council and also grant aided by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands. The first production at The Civic Theatre Tallaght was Howie the Rookie by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Mike Bradwell and starring Aidan Kelly and Karl Shiels. It opened on the 23rd March 1999. Since opening we have developed relationships with most Irish theatre companies and most opera, contemporary dance, ballet and children's theatre companies, developing healthy audiences for these. We are particularly proud of our co-productions – to date we've produced; or co-produced 22 plays, involving new Irish writing. We have hosted wonderful international productions, fantastic local work, and we have had some terrific nights of music on stage at the Civic.
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One Response to Green Room Interview with Aidan Dooley. Star of ‘Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer’ at Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Opens Mon 27 Jan.

  1. Mark Casley says:

    Just wanted to thank Aidan Dooley for his performance last night the opening if his show at civic theatre Tallaght it was superb and how much my 11 year old daughter, my wife and I enjoyed it.

    This was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Aidan had us laughing, stunned, Shocked and even brought a tear to the eyes of some.

    If you haven’t seen this show ladies and gents it is high recommended how one man can give that type of performance god two hours is beyond me and every credit must go to him. His standing ovation last night was well deserved!

    Super, mesmerizing, emotional this Tom Crean adventure has everything for young and old.

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