Mallory: Beyond Everest

In this highly evocative one man play, John Burns becomes George Mallory, and tells the intimate story behind one of the greatest legends in mountaineering.

In 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine vanished into the mist high on Everest, never to be seen alive again. Mallory & Irvine left behind an enduring mystery, were they the first to climb the world’s highest mountain? In the play Burns explores the emotional background to this eternal enigma, and asks one question, had Mallory conquered his obsession, could he ever hope to reconcile the sacrifices he made to achieve it?

First premiering at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in 2014, where it garnered excellent reviews and packed houses, Beyond Everest has since toured the length and breadth of the UK. Many events have sought out the show, including the Kendal Mountain Festival as Director Clive Allen describes, “we scouted John Burns’ one man play at the Edinburgh Fringe and instantly knew we had to bring him to Kendal. It was perfect to add another dimension to our programme, and the audience reaction proved the point – fantastic, consistent praise for a riveting performance.”

“A bold and original piece, which reanimates some familiar history in a unique and intimate way. Beautifully written…Burns’ portrayal was convincing and three dimensional.”
David Lintern, Outdoor Enthusiast Magazine

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Genre: Drama
Duration: 60 – 90 minute versions
Minimum Playing Area: 3 x 3m
Basic lighting Required
Partial blackout ok Full preferred
Requires sound system capable of playing digital files
One technician required, ideally provided by venue, but can be arranged for additional fee
Performance fee from £300*
*Depending on location, number of performances, etc.

Click here to download a play information sheet (PDF).