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Talk Show - Touching the Void

The Will to Survive
Panel includes Dr Mike Stroud OBE, Jamie Andrew OBE 

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.


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.

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