• This Evil Thing

Event Details

Thu 22 Nov

Time: 2.30pm

Running Time: 75 minutes

Venue: Studio

Ticket Information: £10

Age Recommendations: 14+

Book Tickets


Written and performed by: Michael Mears

Directed by: Rosamunde Hutt

Set Designed by: Mark Friend

Sound Designed by: Mark Noble

This Evil Thing

"For God’s sake – this protest of yours, is it really worth losing your lives over?"

The compelling and inspiring story of the men who said no to war.

1916. Bert Brocklesby is a South Yorkshire schoolteacher, and preacher at his Methodist chapel;  Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription, their worlds are about to be turned upside down.

Award-winning actor Michael Mears portrays a gallery of characters from conscientious objectors to Prime Ministers with breath-taking physical and vocal dexterity, on a gripping 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, the questions posed by This Evil Thing are as relevant and urgent as they were one hundred years ago.

"A moving and dynamic retelling of a hidden story" ★★★★ The List

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