As Britain’s first Olympic Ski jumper, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards became an overnight sensation when in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, he lost out on medals by a long way, but won a place in the nation’s hearts for his positive attitude that embodied the true spirit of the Olympics.
Now, following the hit 2016 movie starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman and the subsequent renewed interest in his life, Eddie will tour 17 UK theatres in TRY HARD, his debut ‘audience with…’ style theatre show.
In TRY HARD, Eddie talks through his incredible life-journey; from self-learning ski-jumping and being shunned by the sporting establishment, to the extensive surgery to rebuild his face and body following years of wince-inducing crashes on the snow, as he set out to break world-records in stunt jumping (10 cars & six buses) and speed-skiing (but ‘only’ reached 106.8mph).
From bankruptcy through trustees’ mismanagement, to gaining a Law degree, and even how he became a most unlikely pop-star in Finland, above all, what will shine through is the steely resilience of a fearless man determined to overcome huge sporting and life hurdles in an evening of anecdotes from one of Britain’s most heroic sporting underdogs.
TRY HARD is coming to the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale on Friday 9 June. Tickets are £16 and you can book them here.
Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF
0161 912 5616