On the evening of March 15th, 2011 a special event is being held at the Vue cinema in London’s famous Leicester Square.
An eclectic collection of adventurers, from across the spectrum of explorer, daredevil and vagabond, will share their experiences with an audience of 400 guests. The event is in support of Hope and Homes for Children. 100% of the ticket price will go to the charity.
Each speaker will be limited to just 20 slides, shown on the enormous cinema screen, to accompany their tales. The challenge for the speakers is that each slide will scroll forward automatically after just 20 seconds. It is an unusual, challenging presentation format. Once the talk begins there is no stopping or going back: it is fast and furious and extremely stressful for the speaker!
This unusual format keeps things moving at a swift pace. Speakers must tell a concentrated version of their adventure and tell it well. And the audience must be ready to be swept from adventure to adventure with only their beer and popcorn to steady their nerves.
The event aims to celebrate the spirit of adventure in all its guises.
Here’s a brief summary of some of the speakers…
Ed has just become the first known person to walk the length of the Amazon River in South America from the source to the sea. No-one had ever attempted it before and everyone said that it couldn’t be done but after 860 days Ed successfully completed this monumental feat.
Oli loves cricket, so much so, that he has just cycled 25,000km solo and unsupported from Lord’s Cricket Ground, London to Brisbane Cricket Ground, Australia to watch England beat the Aussies in the Ashes.
In 2003, on her 57th birthday, Rosie embarked on an adventure to run round the world. Five years and thousands of miles later, Rosie successfully returned to her home in Wales. Not content with this, Rosie recently completed 27 marathons in 27 days.
Jo Royle is one of Europe’s leading female ocean yacht skippers. She has clocked up more than 75,000 miles of sailing experience and has navigated some of the world’s most rugged environments from Iceland down to Antarctica. She is one of the few sailors to have circumnavigated South Georgia in the Southern Ocean.
Tristan has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed small boats across oceans and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic and is the author of ‘The Natural Navigator’, one of the only books on natural navigation.
On July 11 2008, Steve Dew-Jones and Will Jackson set off from their home in Salisbury, England, with only one thing in mind: Hitchhiking to Malaysia. Their journey spanned the length of Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, abiding by two simple rules: 1. Never pay for transport. 2. Never refuse an offer.
As a white water kayak fanatic, Chris has paddled across the water in some of the biggest and most extreme rapids.
The youngest British woman to climb Everest.
Monty is a writer, explorer, television presenter and public speaker. He has just returned from filming a third series of Great Escape for BBC2 and notable expeditions include to Malawi, Tamil Nadu in India and the Raspaculo Basin in Central America. Availability pending filming.
To give you a taste of the presentation style, here is one from the first Night of Adventure.
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