Sands Films Studios presents The Evil Thing

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Sands Films Studios presents The Evil Thing

Sands Films Studios  and Room One theatre present The Evil Thing, an antiwar play. Following its acclaimed run in the Edinburgh Fringe, This Evil Thing comes to Rotherhithe in the unique space  that Sands Films Studios offer. There will will be two live performances on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of November 2017 at 19:30. Tickets cost £10

  Tickets for Friday 17th November available here   Tickets  for Saturday 18th November available here

This Evil Thing

January 1916: Bert Brocklesby is a young schoolteacher, and preacher at his local Methodist church; Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription their worlds are about to be turned upside down.

This Evil Thing is the compelling, shocking and inspiring story of the men who said no to war; a rarely told story 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 still languishing in jails, the questions posed by This Evil Thing are as relevant and urgent as they were one hundred years ago.

Michael Mears‘The Fringe-First Award winning master of the one-man show’ (The List),   portrays a gallery of characters from conscientious objectors to army generals, from 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.

This Evil Thing had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 where it received four star reviews and acclaim from audiences and press alike.The play longlisted for the Freedom Of Expression award at the Edinburgh Festival

The Evil Thing

‘A moving and dynamic retelling of a hidden story’  (The List)

‘An inspirational and disturbing work‘ – (Festmag)

‘This magnificent tour de force of acting – I urge you to see it’   (Scotsgay)

‘Magnificent storytelling’  – Amnesty International

 ‘Superb storytelling in every way.  Michael Mears has crafted an extraordinary work and done true justice to the heroes he’s depicting here. This is the show to see.’  (Randall David Cook)


Michael Mears

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, portraying many classical and Shakespearean roles.

As well as two previous acclaimed solo plays (SOUP, about homelessness, and TOMORROW WE DO THE SKY, about factory canteen workers) Michael Mears has written and performed five specially commissioned solo plays for BBC Radio 4.  Onstage, he has  performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Peter Hall Company on numerous occasions, as well as in London’s West End, most notably for nine months as Arthur Kipps in THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

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





The playscript of THIS EVIL THING is now available. The book is published by 49Knights, it consists of the full script and description of staging with a foreword by the director, introduction by the author (ahem) and six atmospheric illustrations by Carys Boughton.

The script is available for £10 inc p and p. Order your copy via the Contact Page here.

Sand Films Stage

Sands Films Studios LogoNo food allowed inside in the stage area

Seats are limited and each booking reduces the number of seats available to others. If you cannot attend, please cancel as soon as possible your booking by going to “MY TICKETS” on the email Eventbrite has sent you: this is the best way to release your seat to someone else and to enable us to refund your contribution.

If tickets are SOLD OUT, there will be an automated waiting list, this will contact you if and when a seat becomes available.


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