Don’t forget, our next event is coming up on Tues Feb 27th at the Lifford Hall & tickets are on sale through our website!
THIS EVIL THING explores the courage it took to be a pacifist in the First World War, one hundred years ago – following two men in particular:
Bert Brocklesby, a young schoolteacher and preacher at his local Methodist church; and Bertrand Russell – one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription in 1916, their worlds are turned upside down.
The compelling, inspiring and rarely told story of the men who said no to war; and the men and women who supported them; involving a dizzying journey from a chapel in Yorkshire to the House of Commons; from an English country garden to a quarry in Aberdeen; from a cell in Richmond Castle to a firing squad in France.
With military conscription still in force in many countries today, and prisoners of conscience still languishing in jails, the questions posed by THIS EVIL THING are as relevant and urgent as they were one hundred years ago.
Michael Mears – ‘The Fringe-First Award winning master of the one-man show’ (The List), portrays a gallery of characters from conscientious objectors to army generals, from Prime Ministers to world-famous mathematicians, with breath-taking physical and vocal dexterity, in a highly original piece of storytelling – using verbatim testimonies and interacting with an intricate soundscape.
At its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 it received four-star reviews and acclaim from audiences and press alike:
‘A moving and dynamic retelling of a hidden story’ (The List)
‘An inspirational and disturbing work’ (Festmag)
‘Magnificent storytelling’ (Amnesty International)
As well as two previous acclaimed solo plays (SOUP, about homelessness, and TOMORROW WE DO THE SKY, about factory canteen workers) Michael Mears has written and performed five specially commissioned solo plays for BBC Radio 4. Onstage, he has performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Peter Hall Company on numerous occasions, as well as in London’s West End, most notably for nine months as Arthur Kipps in THE WOMAN IN BLACK.
‘Michael Mears is that rare combination of fine writer and formidable actor.’ – Time Out
Doors & bar open at 6pm for a 7pm start
Tickets are £10 (£7.50 for u18s) or half price at just £5 if you are a new 2018 Benefactor or Friend of the Festival