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Pacifist Armistice Day play.

Pacifist Armistice Day play This Evil Thing, Galeri Caernarfon on Nov 11, at 7.30pm THIS EVIL THING written and performed by Michael Mears, is performed at the Galeri Caernarfon on November 11, at 7.30pm.

Michael Mears believes he has inherited a 'pacifist gene' - but he's not sure where from - as his own father and grandfather fought in both world wars.

This Evil Thing explores the courage it took to be a pacifist in the First World War, one hundred years ago - following two men in particular: Bert Brocklesby, a young schoolteacher, and preacher at his local Methodist church; and Welsh born Bertrand Russell, world-famous mathematician and philosophy of the greatest philosophers of his time.

With the advent of military conscription in 1916, their worlds are turned upside down.

This is the compelling, inspiring and rarely told story of the men who said no to war; and the men and women who supported them; involving a dizzying 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, and prisoners of conscience languishing in jails, the questions posed by the play are as relevant and urgent as they were a hundred years ago.

Michael Mears portrays a gallery of characters, conscientious objectors to army generals, Prime Ministers to world-famous mathematicians, with breath-taking physical and vocal dexterity, in a highly original piece of storytelling - using verbatim testimonies and interacting with an intricate soundscape. It received four-star reviews at its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

| Tickets for the performance which takes place on Armistice day, are available (PS11-PS10) from 01286 685 222 or at

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Nov 3, 2017
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