Everest 70: Tales from base camp

Posted by Niall Grimes on 26/04/2023

The BMC present a carnival or words, performance, art, food and atmosphere to mark 70 years since Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hilary stepped onto the summit of the world’s most celebrated mountain. Come along and hear why this remote cone of ice and rock still holds a magnetic draw for anyone who loves the mountains, and how it feels to stand on top.

This show is about more than mountaineering and will show the human stories that exist around the peak. Hear what it means to the Nepalese who live in its shadow, hear about the country and hear stories of the mountain you did not know.

The bougie charms of Sheffield’s best-kept-secret, The Hideaway, will be the setting for this unique show and the evening will be all about the atmosphere. The talks start at 8 but come along early to hang out, chat and relax, but most importantly to enjoy a fabulous Nepalese feast prepared by Kathmandu-curry master, The Hungry Buddha. Vegetarian thali included in ticket price.

As well as that, hear from the guides who lead people there, and see art from Nepali artist Manish Harijan and Sheffield local Alex Ekins.

This event will be better than standing on top of the mountain.

Hosted by Niall Grimes


Adriana Brownlee was a teenager when she summitted Everest in 2021 (and is on her way to completing all 14 8000ers). Hear how it feels to climb the peak.

Dev Raj Gurung grew up in poverty in Kathmandu and, like many in his country, sought work in the tourist industry. Hear about life in Nepal, working in the Khumbu region, and what Everest means to locals.

Emily Susanne Lloyd is a theatre director and producer based in Leeds. See as Emily and her crew tell the story of a remarkable Yorkshireman whose life became tangled up in Everest.

Deon Barrett grew up through troubled times in Surbiton until joining the army gave him direction as well as a love for mountains. Since leaving the forces this love has fueled a taste for adventure and challenge and now he has his sights focused on being the first black Englishman to summit Everest. 

Manish Harijan is a contemporary artist living in Sheffield whose work makes political and social commentary on his native Nepal.

Alex Ekins is a Sheffield based artist whose images of the faces and sights of Kathmandu have graced the city’s quiet corners for years.


Join us at The Hideaway, Sheffield, on 23rd May. Food served from 6.30 to 8, talks from 8.

Numbers are limited so get yourself booked in now!

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