8_An Evening with Lord Nelson

by Daniel Allan



Age Rating: R13+

Saturday, 28 April


Venue 1 - Refinery ArtSpace

TICKETS: $12-20-32 (choose your price)

EarlyBird TICKET: $10 (available until March 18)

Come face-to-face with the most stupidly brave little chap in the history of naval warfare, in this interactive and informative comedy. There'll be one arm, one eye, and one... jolly good time, with solo actor Dan Allan. So get on board the perilous one-man voyage to Victory!

To the Citizens of Nelson,

Having been outright killed by a French musket ball to the spine some 200 years ago, I have quietly, and with some embarrassment, observed  many honours and public erections dedicated to my memory, including, in 1842 the naming of your fair and pretty town, Nelson, after me, Horatio Nelson.

On disembarking in your town recently, I was gobsmacked- and not a little dismayed- to discover that very few of the fair citizens could identify me. I was at one point, on Halifax St, taken for Napoleon, which was most lamentable.

It dawned on me that one cannot possibly be expected to live in such a fair place without proper knowledge of its namesake. Taciturn and modest though I am, I will undertake it to conduct a public talk that will include biographical simulations, mummery, and shanties to warm the cockles, elucidate, and enlighten. I am a fascinating subject.

England expects that every man (and woman) will do his (or her) duty, and come to my public showing, just as I would also expect that all in attendance would man (or woman) a station on board the 104 gun Victory and die valiantly for their King, if necessary, against the satanic French marauders, if there be so any in the theatre.

Yours faithfully,

in abject horror at your ignorance,

but with good humour and love in my heart at the thought of being with you all,

yours, and forever England’s,

Horatio Nelson, Vice Admiral of the White, of Bronte and the Nile

Dan Allan has been involved with theatre creation for 25 years. He is currently teaching Drama at Garin College, is Chairperson of the Nelson Fringe Arts Community Trust, and a current member of the improvisation company The People’s Republic of Improv. Recent acting credits include: Maungatapu (Northpark Productions), Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nelson Summer Shakespeare), The Three Musketeers, The Importance of Being Earnest (Body in Space).


This is Dan’s first one man play. He chose the subject as it combines his love of history with performing.


“I felt drawn to the figure of Nelson. With all his flaws, he was a truly human hero and ripe for dramatic interpretation. It’s important to me to send a message throughout the show that the world has changed a lot for the better (and worse) since 1805. But comedy is my forte, so the serious messages will hopefully be smoothed over by a lot of laughs.”

This show has been adopted by the wonderful people from Cod & Lobster Brasserie. Thank You!!!

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Fringe dates: August 14-22 2020