THIS EVIL THING
THE STORY OF THE MEN WHO SAID NO TO WAR
THU 7 - SAT 9 NOVEMBER
Pre-Show Talk by Cyril Pearce | Saturday 9 November | Tara Studio 6.30pm
The compelling, inspiring and rarely-told story of the men who said no to war.
‘For God’s sake, this protest of yours - is it really worth losing your lives over?’
1916: Bert Brocklesby is a 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 turned upside down.
Award-winning actor Michael Mears portrays a gallery of characters 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.
Partly using verbatim testimonies from the time of the First World War, THIS EVIL THING was acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016, since when it has been seen in over 100 performances in many parts of the UK as well as in the USA.
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.
Pre-Show Talk | Saturday 9 November | Tara Studio 6.30pm
This free illustrated pre-show talk by Cyril Pearce of the University of Leeds provides a fascinating context for the last performance of Michael Mears' This Evil Thing at Tara Theatre.
Cyril Pearce is the author of Comrades in Conscience: The Story of an English Community's Opposition to the Great War, published in 2014, and compiler of the Pearce Register of British 1914-18 Conscientious Objectors.
Storytelling at its very best, offering an up-close-and-personal insight into the human condition, for better or worse.’ - The Bath Magazine
A moving and dynamic retelling of a hidden story - The List
Magnificent storytelling - Amnesty International judges for their ‘Freedom of Expression’ award
An inspirational and disturbing work - Edinburgh Festmag
A master storyteller at work – this superbly crafted play – Stratford Herald