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Jenny Coverack as Kathleen Scott in

Jenny Coverack as Kathleen Scott in

A Father for my Son

An adaptation of Louisa Young's biography and Kathleen Scott's autobiography and diaries
by Jenny Coverack and Robert Edwards

18 January 2012

Jenny Coverack as Kathleen Scott

The moving story of the woman behind the Antarctic hero.

Kathleen Scott, wife of the legendary polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, was far from a conventional wife and mother. In this one-woman play we travel back in time for a female perspective on love and life at the turn of the century. One hundred years ago to the day, Captain Scott and his four companions were at the South Pole.

Inside Scott's Hut dressed as Kathleen Scott
Photograph copyright © 2006 Marketa Jirouskova
Inside Scott's Hut dressed as Kathleen Scott Photograph copyright © 2006 Marketa Jirouskova

Writer and actress Jenny Coverack was inspired by Kathleen, a 'vagabond' who walked barefoot in London, slept beneath the stars, was one of the first women to fly, studied art at the Slade and learnt to model clay under one of the greatest living sculptors of the time, August Rodin, in Paris. Kathleen never intended to marry yet always wanted a son.

This play traces Kathleen's first exchanges with her husband to be, the birth of their son Peter, the tragic news of Scott's death on the return journey from the South Pole and Kathleen's life beyond.

It forms part of a year-long series of events at the Polar Museum to commemorate the centenary of the British Antarctic (Terra Nova) Expedition, 1910-13, led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

18 January 2012

Time: 6.30pm-8pm
Venue: SPRI Lecture Theatre

£7.50, £5 concessions and Friends of SPRI
Tickets available from the Scott Polar Research Institute

Booking recommended: enquiries@spri.cam.ac.uk
Tel: 01223 336540