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Top Actor Brings Personal Project To Richmond Area!
Tuesday - January 16, 2018
His name is Michael Mears, and he performs This Evil Thing, the story of Bert Brocklesby one of the Richmond 16, in a one-man show written and performed by Michael – a century on from the end of the First World War.

You’ll know his face -  he starred in the West End version of Women in Black for nine years, had leading roles with the National Theatre and RSC, was Rifleman Cooper in first six Sharpe films, and brought Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell together in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Then there’s The Lenny Henry Show, Birds of a Feather and he’s appeared so often on Radio 4 that the Radio Times called him “the Alec Guinness of afternoon drama”.  Now you can see Michael Mears live at various local venues in This Evil Thing the story of Bert Brocklesby one of the ‘Richmond 16’

Michael Mears wrote this play about Britain’s First World War conscientious objectors, the compelling and inspiring story of the men who said no to war.  The story moves from a chapel in Yorkshire to the House of Commons, from a cell in Richmond Castle to a firing squad in France and the questions raised are as relevant and urgent as they were 100 years ago.

He premiered this one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, and a century on from the end of the First World War Michael has teamed up with North Country Theatre to bring this magnificent storytelling to the town of its origin.  Michael portrays the conscientious objectors and a host of other characters with breath-taking physical and vocal dexterity in this highly original piece which weaves verbatim testimonies with a multi-layered landscape and vivid visual imagery. 

This Evil Thing is at The Old School House, Leyburn on February 13th then West Burton Village Hall [14th], Richmond Town Hall [15th], Newton-le-Willows [16th], Masham Town Hall [17th] and Northallerton’s Forum on Sunday 18th February. All performances start at 7.30pm.
For more information and to book tickets contact North Country Theatre 01748 825288 or
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