• Title: Terra Nova
  • Author: Ted Tally
  • ISBN: 9780822211228
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Paperback
  • Terra Nova Drawn from the journals and letters found on the frozen body of Captain Scott the action of the play blends scenes of the explorer and his men at various stages of their ordeal with flashbacks of Sc
    Drawn from the journals and letters found on the frozen body of Captain Scott, the action of the play blends scenes of the explorer and his men at various stages of their ordeal, with flashbacks of Scott and his young wife and with fateful glimpses of his Norwegian rival, Roald Amundsen, whose party beat him to the South Pole Refusing the use of sled dogs as unsporting, SDrawn from the journals and letters found on the frozen body of Captain Scott, the action of the play blends scenes of the explorer and his men at various stages of their ordeal, with flashbacks of Scott and his young wife and with fateful glimpses of his Norwegian rival, Roald Amundsen, whose party beat him to the South Pole Refusing the use of sled dogs as unsporting, Scott and his team struggle to drag their heavy gear across a frozen wasteland, only to find that Amundsen has preceded them to their goal The play is also a study of British pride and upper class resolve Scott s aristocratic sense of destiny and command and his young bride s ability to understand her husband s compulsive drive while failing to accept his motivations But it is in the tragic trip back, as the members of the expedition die one by one, that the play reaches its dramatic apogee, capturing with chilling intensity the awesome bravery of men who must accept the bitter knowledge that suffering and death will be the only reward for their heroism.

    One Reply to “Terra Nova”

    1. Shout out to Mrs. Danvers for bringing this moving play to my awareness! Although I don't remember which book she reviewed mentioning this haunting play.

    2. I'm acting in a staged reading of this in a month. I find it hard to separate my opinion of the play from thoughts about the part and the challenges of making this come across without sets and costumes and big props. Even moreso, it's hard to separate the quality of the play from the true story, which is epic and amazing and stupid all at once. Robert Falcon Scott's days-too-late quest for the South Pole has to be one of the prime all-time examples of courage and bravery pursued to the point of [...]

    3. I saw the play years ago and immediately purchased the written play knowing that I would want to read it some day. I finally did. It is a tragic story but poetically crafted. An heroic figure stays true to himself, but his sense of honor ultimately leads to his death and the death of his men. He simply didn't know how to be any differentHO (I don't usually use messaging tags. I'm not sure what has befallen me)Terra Nova is an unfortunate title -- sounds sci-fi to me.

    4. A wonderful play dramatizing the fatal polar expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. As the narratives moves backwards and forwards in time, a classical feel develops as the figure of Roald Amundsen functions similarly to a Greek chorus, appearing to interrogate Scott as the tragic figure. This is a script that makes for a gripping evening of theatre.

    5. I was reminded of this play by the Titus Oates bits in The White Darkness, a very different tale of the Antarctic that is also more than a bit surreal, and had to revisit it. It is as good as I remembered it, hard and faceted and cutting and perfect.

    6. A great play. I'd love to be involved in this if my local theater troop ever decided to put it on.

    7. My favorite play, about how Englishman Robert Scott missed discovering the South Pole by a month thanks to Norwegian Roald Amundsen.

    8. An outstanding play about the true story of Captain Scott's trip to the south pole. I loved every bit of this. :)

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