As Britain’s first Olympic Ski jumper, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards became an overnight sensation when, in ’88 at Calgary’s Winter Olympics, he lost out on medals by a long way, but won a place in the nation’s hearts for his positive attitude that embodied the true spirit of the Olympics
Now, following the hit 2016 movie starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman and the subsequent renewed interest in his life, Eddie will tour 17 UK theatres in TRY HARD, his debut ‘audience with…’ style theatre show
In TRY HARD, Eddie talks through his incredible life-journey; from self-learning ski-jumping and being shunned by the sporting establishment, to the extensive surgery to rebuild his face and body following years of wince-inducing crashes on the snow, as he set out to break world-records in stunt jumping (10 cars & six buses) and speed-skiing (but ‘only’ reached 106.8mph). From bankruptcy through trustees’ mismanagement, to gaining a Law degree, and even how he became a most unlikely pop-star in Finland, above all, what will shine through is the steely resilience of a fearless man determined to overcome huge sporting and life hurdles in an evening of anecdotes from one of Britain’s most heroic sporting underdogs.
TRY HARD is touring UK theatres in spring 2017 and will be showing at The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness, on Monday, 12 June – tickets are £15, contact the Box Office on 01229 820000 or theforumbarrow.co.uk or, for further details, visit speakersfromtheedge.com