Cultivating Peace

April 20th 2017

Nottingham has a long history of cultivating Peace. From Harry Wheatcroft, a conscientious objector turned prize rose grower. Bertrand Russell, philosopher and founder of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation in Basford and, soon, our first Peacebuilding event hosting a one-man show – THIS EVIL THING.

Tony Simpson of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation said

“It is with Harry Wheatcroft in mind that we welcome Michael Mears and his one-man play to Nottingham. Some 16,600 conscientious objectors are listed on the First World War national database hosted by the Imperial War Museum. Some of these men lived in the Nottingham area, but the numbers are greater in Lancashire and elsewhere. Their courageous stand gradually receives more recognition. Michael’s compelling and inspiring play is a striking way to spread the word, as we approach 15 May, which is International Conscientious Objectors’ Day.”

THIS EVIL THING is part of Nottingham Peacebuilders’ spring programme, ‘a shared celebration of everything we do to build a good world’.

Based on the real-life experiences of Bert Brocklesby, a young school teacher and Methodist preacher, and Bertrand Russell, philosopher and activist in the No-Conscription Fellowship. Described as ‘a moving and dynamic retelling of a hidden story’, Micheal portrays conscientious objectors and a host of other characters with breath-taking physical and vocal dexterity in this highly original piece of storytelling. Michael has also written and performed five specially commissioned solo plays for BBC Radio 4.

For more info, contact Tony Simpson on 07967 253567

Written by Michael Mears, THIS EVIL THING will be performed by him for one night only at Nottingham Playhouse Studio on Friday 28 April at 8pm. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions). You can book tickets over the phone at the Playhouse box office on 0115 9419419 or book online at