Wildlife presenter, writer and BAFTA award winning TV star Steve Backshall is in the middle of his current Australian tour; Deadly 60 Live: Pole to Pole.
Deadly 60 Live: Pole to Pole Australian Tour
We had the pleasure of enjoying the first of three back-to-back Deadly 60 Live shows at Arts Centre Melbourne, yesterday.
Idolised by children and admired by grown-ups all over the world, Steve is a charismatic presenter, who not only delights audiences on screen with his enthusiastic encounters with nature's most deadly, but is an inspirational, intrepid world traveller.
Going in search of the world's fastest, most venomous, toughest and grandest creatures has taken Steve and his TV crew on the most valiant global expeditions. In Deadly 60 Live: Pole to Pole, Steve takes audience members back through his adventurous 14 month journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
Now if you're familiar with Steve Backshall's TV show Deadly 60, you may wonder how he could bring his wildlife TV programme to life, without bringing any actual live animals to the stage! Well, Steve presents with just himself on stage, using clips from his TV series, coupled with personal stories of his encounters and adventures.
Over the course of an hour, Deadly 60 footage is projected onto a large screen, in short snippets, from Steve's adventures on top of the world through to the bottom. Steve gives the audience a run down after each breathtaking scene. He re-traces his steps, and explains the ins and outs of each wildlife encounter.
Highlights would be watching Steve's most thrilling encounter with bubblenetting humpback whales, which sees the entire Deadly 60 crew almost tumble out of their kayaks, or when Steve comes face-to-face with a leopard seal under a glacier in the antarctic, otherwise the hilarious moment when a the camera crew catch a wild gorilla fart that would 'melt plastic'!
Most of the these moments mentioned above can be seen watching the Deadly 60 TV series, however, seeing Steve Backshall presenting each clip live is much more inspiring, as he recaps each moment with the same enthusiasm you are no doubt familiar with on TV.
The remaining 15 minutes of Deadly 60 Live: Pole to Pole, sees Steve answer questions from the kids and grown-ups in the audience. This is an interesting part of the show, because it isn't rehearsed, and no-one knows who will be chosen to ask the next question.
Steve's passion for wildlife and adventure is infections. The world is a beautiful place and Steve shares a lot of it with his fans. At the end of Deadly 60 Live, Steve has a very important message to share with his young audience, and that message is to respect and care for the world around us, doting the next 20 years as the most important, if we are going to preserve the fragile diversity in nature we are accustomed to.
I'm sure you would agree, that if your child were to idolise any TV celebrity, Steve Backshall would make it to the top of most parent's wish lists.
Deadly 60 Live: Pole to Pole at Arts Centre Melbourne
Steve Backshall, the courageous hero for children and awe-inspiring host for parents, finishes up his Australian tour this month. If you didn't catch Deadly 60 Live: Pole to Pole this time around, you can find out what Steve is up to by following his Facebook page. Steve has quite a following here in Australia, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him present live in Melbourne again, soon.
SIGNED BOOK GIVEAWAY: Ghosts of the Forest by Steve Backshall
Not only is Steve Backshall a TV presenter, but he is also an accomplished writer. Steve began his writing career by contributing travel guides to the Rough Guides series, as well as travel related articles to The Independent and The Times.
Since then, Steve has moved on to fictional writing for children.
‘Ghosts of the Forest’ by Steve Backshall is the second instalment in the thrilling ‘Falcon Chronicles’ trilogy.
Signed copy of Ghosts of the Forest by Steve Backshall
The story follows Saker and Sinter. Sinter is nursing in the shanties of Ho Chi Minh city. Saker is with the peace-loving Penan helping them protect the orangutans and save their own forest homes, as unscrupulous loggers wreak destruction. But they are being watched. And hunted. The Prophet has not forgiven their betrayal.
Age recommendation: 11 years plus.
Steve Backshall kindly signed a copy of Ghosts of the Forest for us before Deadly 60 Live performance in Melbourne, and we are giving it away to one lucky KidTown Melbourne reader.
To enter, email us at kidtownmelbourne (@) gmail.com, and tell us about your 'most deadly' wildlife encounter.
The competition will close EOB on Friday 10 February, 2017.