As part of his contribution to the AHRC-funded research network, Other Everests: Commemoration, Memory and Meaning and the British Everest Expedition Centenaries 2021-2024, Jonathan Pitches is exploring theatrical interpretations of Everest, asking the question: what does it take to put the mountain on stage? Early in 2023, he conducted interviews with four playwrights and artists who have done just that, with productions spanning from 2018-2022.
Interview with Matt Kambic, The Sherpa and the Beekeeper
The play premiered on 25 May, 2022 at the Meteor Theatre, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Interview with Carmen Nasr, The Climbers
The play premiered on 17 June 2022 at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, UK.
Interview with Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters of Lone Twin, On Everest (To follow)
Jonathan's essay will be published in 2024 in an Open-Access collection of critical essays that address key themes highlighted by the research network.