Grylls hopes show will resonate with Cantabs
Art and Stage
Adventurer Bear Grylls hopes his live stage show will ''resonate with and encourage'' earthquake-stressed Cantabrians.
The 38-year-old Brit achieved fame on the hit television show Man vs Wild, where he parachutes into remote locations and claws his way back to civilisation.
He is set to visit Christchurch on November 28 to perform a two-hour show.
Speaking to The Press today, Grylls said he hoped the show would be ''empowering and encouraging'' for Christchurch audiences.
''You guys really know about communities and coming through in hard times. I feel honoured to come actually.''
Grylls had never been to Christchurch but was filming an episode for season six of Man vs Wild in New Zealand when the February 22, 2011, quake struck.
''We were there exactly when the earthquake hit, which was a bit crazy,'' he said.
''We felt it about 60 miles away in the mountain. I was actually on a wire trying to cross a river at the time and I remember all the guys going, 'Wow, that's weird'.
''We didn't know what had hit until we got out the next day and saw all the press.''
Grylls was ''really looking forward'' to visiting the city and hoped to tour the red zone.
''We're kind of in and out pretty fast, but we're going to do a little bit of that, meet some of the people, help in any way I can and encourage people. I'm really excited.''
During his live show, Grylls will share his experiences of survival in the world's jungles, mountains and deserts, as well as a piece on earthquake survival.
He hoped the show would resonate with Cantabrians.
''You guys have had hard times and sometimes you need to put your head down and push through those times,'' he said.
''I think there will be a special resonance for people in Christchurch hopefully, with my survival methods, which is ultimately about keeping calm in the storm and keeping going when it's difficult.''
Grylls' performance will feature fire, swinging from the roof and his favourite activity, eating unusual foods.
One of the worst things he had eaten ''out of all the goat testicles and yak eyeballs and snakes and scorpions'' was on his last visit to New Zealand.
''You're not prepared for bad tastes until you've eaten raw weta. Even I was super-surprised at how foul-tasting they are.''
Grylls said he hoped to come to New Zealand for a holiday with his wife and three sons soon.
''That's in the plan. We're half-hoping to film some movie stuff down in New Zealand as well next year. Any excuse I can to film there is jumped upon. I love the Kiwi spirit.''
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