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Steve Backshall: Deadly 60 Down Under - Live on Stage 2019 - Interview

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Steve returns to Australia with his deadliest ever show
Attention mini wildlife warriors. Steve Backshall returns to Australia in the summer of 2019 to present Deadly 60 Down Under - Live on Stage.

This will be Steve's fourth consecutive year touring Australia. The BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and BBC television star has staged multiple sell-out shows across the country before and returns to Australia in 2019 to present his deadliest show ever.

Steve Backshall Deadly 60 Live Down Under - Live on Stage
Steve Backshall Deadly 60 Live Down Under - Live on Stage

Steve has filmed three seasons of the BBC's Deadly 60 television series. Deadly is a British wildlife documentary series, which aims to educate children and young people about the world's "most deadly" creatures.

Steve's global adventures have seen him track wolves in the Arctic, paraglide with vultures in the foothills of the Himalayas, research the hunting methods of the bottlenose dolphins in Florida and come face-to-face with a group of ravenous, three metre long Komodo Dragons in Indonesia.

Deadly 60 Down Under - Live on Stage takes an in-depth look at Steve's epic Australian adventures as he travels the east coast of the country in a "Battle Bus."

Taking time out of his incredibly busy travel schedule, Steve spared 10 minutes to talk to us about his upcoming Australia tour.

Without further ado;

An Interview with Steve Backshall ahead of Deadly 60 Down Under - Live on Stage in 2019

An interview with Steve Backshall
An interview with Steve Backshall

Q. Deadly 60 Down Under will visit 18 cities across the east coast of Australia in the Battle Bus. Can you tell us more about the Battle Bus?

We'll be touring Australia in a bus. I'm going to drive the east coast of Australia, jumping into every community we come across to do my talks and shows. This is a way we can meet as many Australians as possible and talk to them about wildlife.

Q. Will you be living on the Battle Bus?

Yes! I will be living on the Battle Bus.

Q. What can we expect to see in your Deadly 60 Live shows in 2019?

The show is going to be about the science of deadly. About what makes animals work - how their bodies work, how they interact with other animals and with their environment. There will be some wild animals on stage - reptiles and invertebrates and there will be lots of opportunities for people to ask me questions.

Q. Will you be meeting the kids in the audience after your shows?

I certainly hope to. It's something we can't promise with every single show because the schedule means that sometimes we have to leave directly after the show to get to the next venue in time. But I've always made it my duty to get out and meet as many people as possible.

Q. Since your last visit to Australia, you've become a father for the first time. What is it like being a dad?

At the moment it is very difficult because as you know, I spend most of my life travelling. At the moment particularly, I'm on expeditions all the time. My newest project sees me travelling to 10 expedition sites around the world over the course of a year. I'm spending almost all of my time living in the rainforest and in the mountains. I don't have much contact with home and that's really really hard because I have a 3 month old baby and I just want to be spending all my time with him.

Q. Will your baby come with you to Australia next year?

He is coming on the road with me on the Battle Bus and that could be quite interesting. I have no idea how he's going to deal with being on the road but ..he's going to have to get used to it sometime.

Q. Do you want your son to grow up and be a wildlife warrior like you?

I think it is really important as a parent that you let youngsters find their own way and find the things that they're interested in. But if he is interested in wildlife in the years to come, I would be so, so happy as I think I've got an awful lot to offer in that area. I can take him all around the world to find wildlife and learn about animals.

Q. You have been coming to Australia to do your shows for 4 years in a row would you like to move to Australia?

Well, I did actually live in Australia for a year when I was working for the National Geographic in 2001/2002 and I loved it. I loved living in Australia and coming back now is really important to me. Returning every year and spending 5 weeks travelling around Australia is absolutely fantastic. Moving to Australia? I would never say never, but because I am travelling so much when I return home I really want to see my family and friends who are all in the UK. At the moment I don't think I will move but I would never say never because Australia probably the coolest place in the world to live.

Q. What is your favourite "deadliest" animal?

My favourite deadly animal is the wolf, the grey wolf specifically. I've been lucky enough to film with them many times. They're never easy; they're difficult to find and to film but I love the way that they interact as a pack, I love their social structure and the way they communicate. As someone who is very much a dog person, I think our connection with the dog family is really important and really interesting. So for me, my favourite has always been the wolf.

Q. What is the "deadliest" animal on the planet?

There is a scientific answer to this question. A lot of people find it quite disappointing when they expect me to say it's the great white shark or the saltwater crocodile, but actually, those animals are not that dangerous to us as human beings. Very few people are ever harmed by them. There is one creature that is very dangerous to us and that is the mosquito because of the diseases it spreads. If all the world's sharks killed fewer than 10 people a year around the world, mosquitoes might kill 2.5 million by spreading diseases like malaria, Japanese encephalitis and Dengue fever. So - the deadliest animal in the world is the mosquito.

Q. Where have you been on your latest expedition and what have you been doing?

I got back last week from Surinam in South America, which is incredible - 90% of the country is still covered in forest. There are rivers that have never been travelled down and mountains that have never been climbed. We've just spent nearly 6 weeks there, and it was unbelievable. Next week, I'm heading out to the Himalayas to Bhutan where I'm going to be attempting to paddle down a whitewater river that no one has ever paddled down before.

Q. Can you tell us what we can expect from your next TV series?

My next TV series will be all about those expeditions. Over the course of the year, I've done 10 expeditions and every single one of them has something in it that has never been done before - whether it's cave diving into caves that have never been explored, climbing mountains that no one has ever ascended or going into rainforests that have never been mapped. This series will be coming out early next year; we've got 10 episodes. I am really, really excited about it and I hope everyone out there in Australia will be too.

Join Steve as he shares the wildest Deadly footage from his times in Australia in Deadly 60 Down Under - Live on Stage in 2019. See footage of the time Steve was lowered from a helicopter to dangle into a crocodile's nest, and the moment he caught the world's most venomous octopus just off Sydney Harbour. There'll be plenty of audience participation and lots of onstage fun along the way too.

Don't miss Steve Backshall and some of Australias deadliest wildlife on stage this summer.

Deadly 60 Down Under - Live on Stage 2019 tour dates:

Brisbane QPAC Concert Hall - Friday 4 January
Cairns Convention Centre - Saturday 5 January
Townsville Entertainment Centre - Monday 7 January
Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre - Tuesday 8 January
Bundaberg Moncrieff Entertainment Centre - Wednesday 9 January
Gold Coast, The Star - Thursday 10 January
Sydney Opera House - Friday 11 & Saturday 12 January
Port MacQuarie, Glasshouse Theatre - Monday 14 January
Tamworth Entertainment Centre - Tuesday 15 January
Newcastle, Nex - Wednesday 16 January
Wollongong, Anita's Theatre Thirroul - Thursday 17 January
Canberra Theatre, Friday 18 January
Shepparton, Riverlinks Eastbank - Saturday 19 January
Ballarat, Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts - Monday 21 January
Bendigo, Ulumbarra Theatre - Tuesday 22 January
Geelong, Costa Hall GPAC - Wednesday 23 January
Frankston Art Centre - Thursday 24 January
Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne - Friday 25 January
Adelaide, Festival Theatre - Sunday 27 January.

Book your tickets to see Steve Backshall present Deadly 60 Down Under - Live on Stage here.
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When: January 2019
Where: Various theatres across the east coast of Australia.
Cost: $40-50 per ticket
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