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Michael Mears presents 'This Evil Thing'

12 January 2017

Michael Mears presents 'This Evil Thing'


A century after the First World War, aspects of the history of the period are emerging which have been long swept under the carpet.

Among these is the anti-conscription movement, and the pacifists who, for ­reasons of conscience, refused to take on any duties – even non-combative ones – which could be seen as supporting the war effort.

On Friday 3 February, pupils at Sibford School in Oxfordshire will get a chance to share in the story of the men who said ‘no’ to war when the Quaker school welcomes writer and performer Michael Mears with his one-man show THIS EVIL THING.

This compelling, shocking an inspiring story involves 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.

The play was performed to critical acclaim at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe where it was described as ‘truly, truly brilliant’.

Michael Mears commented: “A lot of Quakers, whose involvement in the CO movement was so significant during the First World War, came to see the play when it was performed in Edinburgh. I am therefore delighted to have this opportunity to perform This Evil Thing in a Quaker school.”


Michael Mears has had a rich and varied career in theatre, television and film including seasons with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Peter Hall Company. He has also performed in London’s West End on a number of occasions, most notably, as Arthur Kipps in the long-running hit The Woman in Black. Television roles include Rifleman Cooper in the first six Sharpe films. On film, he will be remembered as the hotel barman who brings Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell together in Four Weddings And A Funeral.