Adventurer Ash Dykes talks about survival at Lancaster theatre

Ash Dykes. Picture by Suzanna Tierie.
Ash Dykes. Picture by Suzanna Tierie.

National Adventurer of the Year Ash Dykes returns to Lancaster with his new show, Surviving Madagascar.

Surviving Madagascar features his most recent record-breaking - and world first - crossing of the world’s fourth largest island, trekking 1,600 miles in 155 days and climbing eight of the island’s highest mountains.

Ash has been National Adventurer of the Year for two years running and is set to tell his story at The Dukes on April 19, which follows last year’s debut tour, Breaking Mongolia.

While exploring he contracted the deadliest strain of malaria, was held up by the military, dodged bandits, received nasty spider bites, built a raft for a dangerous river crossing, was almost washed away by another ferocious crocodile-infested river and had to hack his was through the jungle. Ash started to push his limits aged 19, when he left Wales to explore the world and embarking on these adventures have become a way of life ever since.

While working as a scuba diving instructor in Thailand, he learned the deadly martial art of Muay Tha and competed against the locals.

As well as these accomplishments, Ash has also cycled Cambodia and the length of Vietnam in 15 days, trekked the Himalayas, learned how to survive in the jungle with a Burmese hill tribe and trekked alone through the Alps during winter.

Surviving Madagascar is recommended for anyone aged 16 and above.

Tickets are priced at £12/£10 concessions.

For more information and to book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit

A few days earlier, The Dukes is also hosting Jonny and the Baptists on April 12, who present a heartfelt musical comedy called Eat The Poor.

Jonny and the Baptists, whose real names are Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gerveers, have quickly become one of the UK’s most popular live musical comedy acts among their fans.

As well as topping the iTunes comedy chart with their single, Farage, the comedy due have also made broadcast appearances on Radio 4’s The Now Show and the 
BBC’s Live at Television Centre.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit, Eat The Poor is about inequality, friendship and revolution, and combines contemporary satiry and inventive musical silliness with an epic personal story.

Comedy at The Dukes is recommended for anyone aged 16 plus.

Tickets for Eat The Poor are priced £13/£11 concessions.

Details to book online or by telephone are mentioned above.