Eric's Tales of the Sea – A Submariner's Yarn
  • By Will Pope
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  • 12th Aug 2014
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  • ★★★★★

Eric is a sailor and performs his Tales of the Sea in an appropriately dark and dank venue; Just the Wee One at The Caves is, impressively packed out for this Submariner’s Yarn.

Eric’s powerful show recounts the heartbreaking vicissitudes of friendship with a touching earnestness and commanding performance, while keeping the audience laughing throughout.

Beginning with a projection of quotations from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson and Sir Winston Churchill, one would be forgiven for thinking that the subsequent hour would be dry and pedestrian. However, Eric’s animated manner is entirely captivating from the moment he steps onstage, with a gripping story of his barbaric and provincial induction into the Royal Navy as a 16 year-old cadet.

There is a lot to envy in Eric’s life as a submariner; the camaraderie he felt among his fellow seamen and the good humour on board the submarine and the occasional reprieve from duty for shore leave. There are, of course, less enviable aspects to life on a sub, such as the notoriously dangerous emergency escapes, being billeted in a torpedo compartment and the risk of practical jokers jumping out at you from every nook and cranny.

Having performed across Australia and the UK, Eric’s comedic manner is one of experience and control. He inflicts blow after blow of nail-biting tension and sharp comic relief, putting the audience through a turbulent cycle of extreme emotions.

Ultimately, Eric’s powerful show recounts the heartbreaking vicissitudes of friendship with a touching earnestness and commanding performance, while keeping the audience laughing throughout.

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The Blurb

Award-winning show. True-life submariner Eric tells stories of life on board a nuclear submarine. This show's not to be missed – it's truly unique. To call it only a comedy show wouldn't do it justice, as Eric plays with the audience's every emotion skilfully. Eric will keep you (mesmerised) hanging on his every word. With a selection of incredible images, he takes the audience through his experiences, which at times leave the audience scared to breathe in case they miss something. Real life story of danger, suspense and true love underwater.