Come to see this widely acclaimed one-man play about World War 1 conscientious objectors

When: FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER, 19.00-21.00 (Doors Open 18.30)

Presented by REMEMBERING THE REAL WORLD WAR 1 to accompany the REFUSING TO KILL exhibition

Seats are limited and must be booked.
Tickets £5 (plus small booking fee) –

January 1916.

Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest mathematicians of his time. Bert Brocklesby is a young schoolteacher and Methodist preacher. When military conscription is brought in, their worlds are turned upside down.

THIS EVIL THING is the compelling and inspiring story of the men who said no to war. From a chapel in Yorkshire to the House of Commons, from a cell in Richmond Castle to a firing squad in France, the questions raised here are as relevant and urgent as they were 100 years ago.

Michael Mears, ‘the award-winning master of the one-man show’ (The List) portrays conscientious objectors and a host of other characters with breath-taking physical and vocal dexterity, in this highly original piece of storytelling – partly using verbatim testimonies, while interacting with a multi-layered sound landscape and vivid visual imagery.

Michael’s previous solo plays – Soup, about homelessness, and Tomorrow We Do The Sky – won critical acclaim and a Scotsman Fringe First Award. He has also written and performed five specially commissioned solo plays for BBC Radio 4.

‘Michael Mears is that rare combination of fine writer and formidable actor.’ Bonnie Greer, Time Out

Directed by Rosamunde Hutt Sound design by Mark Noble Set design by Mark Friend Lighting design by Zoe Spurr Produced in association with Room One (

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