In 1899, Howard Blackburn became the sixth person to sail solo from America. He sailed from Gloucester, Massachusetts to Gloucester, England but what made his story more remarkable was that he had lost his fingers 15 years before through frostbite. This one hour performance tells Blackburn's remarkable story from the losing of his fingers to his triumph of crossing the Atlantic.
"Amazing story of achievement and bravery. A truly forgotten hero.”
“The story was told with such soul you could hear a pin drop, from young to old we were captivated. I hope this hero’s story is told to many.”
“So brilliantly performed you can feel the cold
In 1955, Colonel John Fleming Churchill became the first man to surf the Severn Bore. But this was only part of his story. Known as Mad Jack, he was a champion archer, commando and bagpipe player, he had a fearless spirit, leading his men into battle with his Claymore sword. Mad Jack and The Severn Bore, looks at his exploits from riding a motorcycle across Burma, to escaping from prisoner of war camps, playing his bagpipes up Vesuvius to his historic surfing of the bore. This is a remarkable story of a remarkable man.
"Any man who goes into battle without his sword is not properly dressed." – Colonel John Malcolm Fleming Thorpe Churchill
at The Cotswold Room, The Painswick Centre Bisley Street Painswick, United Kingdom