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Talk Show - Touching the Void

The Will to Survive
Panel includes Jasmin ParisDr Mike Stroud OBE, Jamie Andrew OBE, Liz Duff 

Fresh insight, music and ideas from unexpected places.

We invite artists, authors and thinkers to come and watch a show with us. Hosted by David Greig, they take to the stage to share their response to the themes of the play with our audiences. Expect ideas, insight and stimulation through short talks, song, music, poetry and conversation.


Jasmin Paris, on January 16th, 2019, completed the Spine Race in a record breaking 83 hours 12 minutes and 23 seconds, beating Eoin Keith's 2016 record by 12 hours and 5 minutes. Jasmin is a British runner who has been a national fell running champion and who holds the records for the Bob Graham Round and the Ramsay Round. She is best known as a fell runner in Great Britain, but better known as a sky runner elsewhere after her victory in the 2016 Skyrunner World Series, and bronze medal at the 2016 Skyrunning World Championships. She won the Scottish Hill Running Championships in 2014 and 2015[8] and in 2015 and 2018 she won the British Fell Running Championships. In 2015, Jasmin began to be more prominent in ultra distance running. In April that year, she set a new women’s record of 11:09 in the Fellsman, finishing fourth overall, and in June, she was the first female finisher and second overall in the five-day Dragon’s Back Race in Wales. On 23 April 2016, Jasmin completed the Bob Graham Round in a time of 15:24, taking more than two-and-a-half hours off the women’s record previously held by Nicky Spinks. She then ran the Ramsay Round on 18 June in a time of 16:13. This was not only a new women’s record, but an overall fastest known time for the route. In September, Paris was crowned champion in the Extreme series of the 2016 Skyrunner World Series, having won both the Tromsø Skyrace and the Glen Coe Skyline. In October, she set a new women's record for the Paddy Buckley Round with a time of 18:33. 

Liz Duff worked in Insurance all her working life, specialising in  pensions with Scottish Life as part of their sales team and then going on to  be an adviser with Chase de Vere, a firm of brokers in Dundee. Liz met Mal Duff in 1980 which turned her ordered life on it’s head , and “in spite of,or because of that”,  married him an 1983, when life from then on was an exciting adventure if somewhat precarious at times.She climbed with Malcolm in Scotland, the Alps, India and the Himalayas. In Glencoe, she helped him run snow and ice climbing courses at the weekends, driving back to Edinburgh in all weather conditions for work on Monday. Liz participated in Mal’s Everest expedition of 1985 on the NNE ridge, reaching 7090 metres, which made her the highest British woman on the north side of Everest at that time. In 1992, she joined Mal and Joe Simpson on Pumori  a mountain of 7160 metres, opposite Everest in the Khumbu . She summitted along with Mal and a guided client. Since Malcolm’s death in 1997, she has returned several times on trekking trips to various regions of Nepal. In recent years Liz has turned to hill climbing, completing all the Munro’s. She now travels extensively with her partner Jo,  often trekking and cycling and takes full advantage of Jo’s experience in the wine trade, by visiting vineyards in as many countries as possible.

Dr. Mike Stroud OBE is a Hospital Consultant Physician but is perhaps best known for his recordbreaking expeditions with Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He is a world authority on human endurance and nutrition and amongst the most well known expedition scientists, his research is used globally. Mike holds many advisory roles in UK Healthcare particularly leading the efforts by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to ensure that ‘optimal nutrition and hydration lie at the heart of ‘Quality Care'. Mike is the author of two books, ‘Shadows on The Wasteland’ – documenting his unsupported foot crossing of Antarctica and ‘Survival of The Fittest’ – examining the relationship between nutrition, exercise, health and peak performance. He presented his own BBC1 series, ‘The Challenge’ and was the endurance and medical expert on all three series of BBC TV’s, ‘Are You Tough Enough for the SAS’.

Jamie Andrew OBE is the first quadruple amputee in the world to have climbed The Matterhorn in Switzerland, the first to climb Kilimanjaro in Africa, the first to complete a Marathon and the first to complete an Iron Man Triathlon. In January 1999 mountaineer Jamie Andrew and a climbing partner were trapped for five nights on the storm bound icy summit of a French mountain. The rescue, which was one of the most dramatic in the history of the Alps, came only hours too late to save his partner. Jamie, despite suffering hypothermia and appalling frostbite, survived. Days later all four of his hands and feet were amputated. For many this fate would have meant the end of all hope, but not for Jamie. Since losing his hands and feet Jamie has achieved some incredible feats. He has learned to walk again, taken up skiing, run marathons and iron-man triathlons, and remarkably, returned to climb once more in the mountains that he loves so much.

Musical Guests:

The sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmonies of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson whose voices are accompanied by intertwining banjos, in raw, honest and beautifully-crafted songs. 2015 saw the release of Blueflint's third album ‘Stories from home,' with Paul Savage (King Creosote, From Scotland with Love, Mogwai) in the producer's chair, the album sees the band naturally evolving towards an alt folk flavour. In previous years Blueflint supported The Proclaimers on their 'Like Comedy' UK tour. Blueflint's atmospheric and evocative performances proved them to be a formidable live act gaining them a strong reputation and following throughout the UK.

This event is free but ticketed.

This event is supported by James and Morag Anderson

Dates and Times

Monday 4 February, 7pm


FREE but ticketed