One-man play goes underground to celebrate 150th anniversary of Millican Dalton

One-man play goes underground to celebrate 150th anniversary of Millican Dalton
Theatre by the Lake production of THE PROFESSOR OF ADVENTURE written and performed by Peter McQueen

Theatre by the Lake production of THE PROFESSOR OF ADVENTURE written and performed by Peter McQueen

A special performance dedicated to Lake District legend Millican Dalton will be performed deep inside Honister Slate Mine next month, 20 April 2017, to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Part mountain guide, part philosopher, Dalton is famed for spending much of his life living in a cave in the Borrowdale Valley after leaving behind his ‘stifling’ city job in London. He spent the next 40 years of his life searching for freedom and happiness living amongst nature. Macqueen’s play, with the author as Millican, was first seen in the more traditional surroundings of the Theatre by the Lake last year and investigates whether or not he might have found it.

The unique performance in Honister’s spectacular Fiddler’s Cavern will mark this special anniversary and it’s a double celebration, as Honister Slate Mine is also marking 20 years since it’s revival as a working mine this Spring.

Co-owner Jan Wilkinson, says, “The underground setting of Fiddler’s Cavern is the perfect place to stage this play and give the audience a unique insight into the life of a true Lake District legend, who embraced the ultimate alternative lifestyle long before it became fashionable.  Professor of Adventure’ is just the first in a series of special events and performances we’re bringing to Honister this year to mark our landmark 20th anniversary.”

Peter Macqueen adds, “As I was writing ‘The Professor’ last year, it suddenly dawned on me that I was a year early –  his 150th anniversary would be in 2017! Luckily the play has been well received and I have continued to tour it. But I was desperate to perform it on the actual day – April 20th – and couldn’t find a venue. The Theatre & the Cave were both unavailable and a village hall in Lincolnshire didn’t seem appropriate. Then Honister got in touch…and my search ended! I’m thrilled to be able to perform on this special day in this special place – and I don’t even have to bring my set!”

‘Professor of Adventure’ comes to Honister Slate Mine at 6pm on Thursday 20 April 2017. Tickets cost £20.00 and can be booked on 017687 77230.