This is what an American President (Truman) said when he got the news that the mission to drop the first atom bomb had been accomplished: ‘This is the greatest thing in history.’
The greatest catastrophe, I’d say – and I will do whatever I can, however small my ‘drop in the ocean’ may be, to ensure it doesn’t happen again. There are now less than 48 hours to go till our crowdfunding appeal closes…so if you know of anyone who is planning on chipping in, please give them a nudge (before Thursday March 5th 2pm) thank you!
So it’s March 2nd…and with just 3 days to go for our crowdfunding appeal, for my new play about Hiroshima, called THE MISTAKE, if you can think of anyone who might like to chip in, then do please give them a nudge…thank you!!
Here is a photo of Leo Szilard, brilliant Hungarian scientist, who features in the play, sitting with his mentor and lifelong friend, Albert Einstein – who makes a cameo appearance in the play… (photo courtesy of Critical Past)
…for our Crowdfunding appeal, for my new play about Hiroshima, called THE MISTAKE, and we’re getting there, but there’s still a way to go before reaching our target…
If you are able to spread the word at all, in this final week, myself, You-Ri Yamanaka my co-performer, and Jatinder Verma our director, would be hugely grateful!
If you’ve already chipped in, THANK YOU!!
But if you haven’t already chipped in and are thinking of doing so, we very much hope you will be able to follow that through…within these seven days.
Here’s the link to our page with more information, photos and a video.
The play focuses on the lesser-known stories of three people connected with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.
Below is a photo of what the city looked like after that metaphorical ‘button’ had been pressed in 1945.
‘Pressing the button’ now would be unimaginably more devastating…
Thanking you so much for your support with this project.
Well…found myself shouting at the radio the other day…I was aghast when I heard it reported that Labour Leader hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey said she’d be ‘willing to press the button’ – (as did Liberal Democrat hopeful Jo Swinson in the run up to December’s General Election.).
The levels of ignorance amongst national and international leaders as to what actually happened on the ground in Hiroshima is staggering… (photo courtesy of Illustrated London News)
…and that was a ‘small’ bomb compared to what is stockpiled in nuclear arsenals today.
So, I’m busy trying to finalise plans for taking my new play about Hiroshima to Edinburgh and then on tour…but because hoped-for funding has fallen through, guess what? – I am going to try and Crowdfund some of the costs involved. If you felt able to help in however small a way by donating to the appeal in the next four weeks, that would be tremendous. (Even a fiver is fab!) I do feel this is such important material to share in this, the 75th year since the dropping of the two atomic bombs – and am concerned that already in some quarters (certain venues, for example), I am meeting subtle resistance to the subject matter. But the good news is that already half a dozen schools are keen to have us come visit, perform and discuss the issues with their students. Do have a look at the Crowdfunder page first, when you click on the link below…and of course, feel free to share if you feel so inclined. (Apologies to those who have already donated and to those who know about this already.) And finally, a BIG thank you for anything you feel able to contribute…
Amidst the angst and gloom of the events of the last few weeks (and longer?) it feels good to be working on my new play which will be opening this summer – this time it’s not a solo…but is for TWO people. One British (yours truly), and one Japanese.
(Both photos by SIMON RICHARDSON)
The play concerns the events leading up to the dropping of the first atomic bomb in 1945 (so it’s the 75th anniversary this year, this August, in fact ) – and the devastating consequences of that event.
Huge heartfelt thanks to all of you who were able to get along to a performance of THIS EVIL THING at the magical space of Tara Theatre, SW London, on November 7,8 or 9th – all three nights were packed; Cyril Pearce, expert on WW1 COs, gave a great talk before Saturday’s show and helped me with the Q and A afterwards (I have so little voice left at the end!); the audiences were so engaged and attentive, it was a joy to perform the play yet again… feels like part of my DNA now!
Yes, the final performances for the foreseeable future of THIS EVIL THING
will be at Tara Theatre, Earlsfield, SW18 4ES on November 7-9th at 7.30pm
(2.30pm matinee Friday 8th to be confirmed)
Book on 020 8333 4457 or at http://www.tara-arts.com
(10 minutes by train from London Waterloo)
Please come and bring a friend! Someone who doesn’t perhaps know anything about the story of these brave men and women 100 years ago who strove for peace, who strove to resist the rush to war.
This Evil Thing: In the well – Photographer: Simon Richardson
‘For God’s sake, this protest of yours – is it really worth losing your lives over?’
THIS EVIL THING is the compelling and inspiring story of the men who in 1916 said no to war.
Last week in Westminster a group of people were listening keenly to the words being spoken, giving their undivided attention to the drama unfolding before them, and when they got the chance, asking incisive, intelligent questions.
No, this wasn’t in the House of Commons (alas), but in the hall of Harris Westminster Sixth Form College – located in a former Ministry of Justice building a stone’s throw from Parliament – where the first performance in 2019 was taking place of This Evil Thing, my play about Britain’s WW1 conscientious objectors. Continue reading