One man's love affair with ice

Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Doug Allan.

Doug Allan would make a dream dinner guest with his fund of stories from an eventful life. He has travelled all over the world, from the Andes to Africa and from the Antarctic to the Arctic. He is a wildlife cameraman and has had close encounters with whales, sharks, and polar bears. His screen credits include classic David Attenborough series like Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Life in the Freezer. And finally, he is a compelling and charismatic speaker.

On Tuesday November 2 at 8pm, Doug brings his new show, In the Company of Giants, to the Town Hall Theatre. In it he shares his unique insights into filming the biggest animals in the wildest places on Earth for an evening of memorable adventures and unforgettable footage.

“I describe myself as an analogue adventurer,” Allan tells me in a gravelly Scottish accent. “I was born in Dunfermline in 1951 and in my formative years I remember reading Jacques Cousteau’s Silent World and about the Kon-Tiki expedition and the ascent of Everest. The 1960s were an amazing decade in terms of exploration; we were pushing out into space, but we were also pushing out underwater in ways that we hadn’t done before.


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