Getting up close and personal with Clive Mantle in On Top of the World

Clive Mantle has long been a familiar face on stage, screen and TV. Who can forget the hilarious scene he shared with Dawn French as she jumped chest-height into a puddle? Anita Butler found herself enthralled by his tales of Nepal

Having acted with Clint Eastwood and Sigourney Weaver, he also appeared as Greatjon Umber in Game of Thrones, as well as Dr Greysteel in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Perhaps we know him best as dishy doctor Mike Barratt in Casualty and Holy City, Little John in Robin of Sherwood, or as Geraldine Grainger’s lover in The Vicar of Dibley.

What people may not know about is Clive’s life-long love of Nepal, the Himalayas and Everest. Borne out of a fascination for the high points of a landscape and the urge to look down at the lie of the land below, this fascination led to Clive realising his ambition of setting foot on Everest with a month-long charity trek to Everest Base Camp and beyond. In his talk Clive describes his experiences of this magical landscape and the people who live within it. He also regales us with tales of those who not only made it to the top, but also those who perished in the attempt.

Clive has turned his passion for the mystery and magic of the mountains into a story for his son, which has been published as The Treasure at the Top of the World, the first in a series of adventures for young people, which see its hero, Freddie Malone, through a series of time-travel adventures that take him all over the world. Happy to answer questions on this and any other aspect of his rich and varied acting life, Clive is an entertaining speaker who is now also embracing the life of the writer. A lively and entertaining evening, this a must for fans of his work, as well as those who share a love for Nepal and the Himalayas.

Catch Clive Mantle On Top of the World on at Golden Lion Tap on Sunday at 4.30pm

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