Adventures with the “Caveman of Borrowdale”

A charming new play about one of the Lake District’s quirkiest characters will tour three rural Lancashire venues in May.

“The Professor of Adventure” by Peter Macqueen follows the life and times of Millican Dalton (1867-1947), otherwise known as “The Caveman of Borrowdale”. The play will first travel to Halton Mill on Thursday 19 May at 8pm before moving on to Old School Hall in Simonstone on Friday 20 May at 7.30pm and Euxton Parish Church Community Centre on Saturday 21 May at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages 12 and above, are available by contacting the venues directly. The numbers to call are either 01524 289295 or 07890 728094 for the Halton show, 01282 777891 or 01200 428742 for Simonstone and 01257 271265 or 07712 671945 for Euxton.

It’s 1941 and Millican is in ‘the safest spot to escape the kind attentions of Mr Hitler’ – his cave in Borrowdale. But the Keswick ARP warden has just ordered him to “put that candle out” and the Borrowdale Hermit is far from happy…

He smelt like a mountain goat, chain-smoked Woodbines and lived in a cave. Millican Dalton was a mountain guide, philosopher and self-proclaimed inventor of shorts. Leaving his stifling city job, Millican dropped out before it became fashionable and set out to seek romance and freedom, living amongst nature in cabins, tents and caves for the next fifty years of his life.

Meet this true English eccentric – the self-styled Professor of Adventure in this one man show celebrating his unique outlook on life and his philosophy of happiness and fulfilment.

The show forms part of Spot On Lancashire’s spring season of touring, taking professional arts events to village halls and libraries across the county.

Speaking ahead of the performances, Spot On’s Sue Robinson said:

“Peter is a wonderful performer and we’re delighted to welcome him back to the Spot On programme. This is a really lovely new show about a fascinating character from the Lake District that we think will really speak to our rural audiences. We’re expecting excellent turnouts so make sure you book early!”

Full details on the show can be found here.