Perfect setting sees hit one-man play performed in Lakes cave

10 September 2017 7:01PM

THE stage show based on the life of adventurer and climber Millican Dalton is to be staged in the Borrowdale cave that he called home.

Peter Macqueen takes his one-man drama titled The Professor of Adventure to Castle Crag next weekend.

Dalton lived in a cave there for most of the year for nearly 50 years.

It is a sort of homecoming for the show as the actor used the cave and the view for inspiration when he wrote the show two years ago.

"This was always in the back of my mind and this year is the 150th anniversary of his birth and I was keen to mark it in a special way," said Peter, who lives in Braithwaite, near Keswick.

"It was also at this time of year two years ago that I used to go up to the crag to write the play.

"I wanted to perform in the cave for reasons of realism and I thought it might give me an extra edge do it on the rocks where he sat and looking out on the view that he saw.

"It will help me tune in to his spirit and the spirit of Borrowdale.

"I thought it would give the audience more of an idea of him."

Although Peter will not need the usual scenery he uses when he takes the drama round the county, he does have to carry lighting and a generator up the crag.

There will be performances at noon and 4pm and tickets are limited to 60 per show. Some bench seating will be provided, but audience members are urged to bring along camping chairs and even food to have a picnic before or after the play.

The event is produced in association with the National Trust and the Theatre by the Lake.

Audience members are advised to park at Hollows Farm Campsite, at Grange-in-Borrowdale, then walk the three quarters of a mile to the cave.

Tickets priced £20 are available from the Theatre by the Lake Box office.

To book or for more details, call 017687 74411 or go to and

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