Performance Dates AUTUMN 2023 UK TOUR

Michael Mears’ Essential Theatre presents a new play – THE MISTAKE by Michael Mears

1942.  On an abandoned squash court, a dazzling scientific experiment takes place that three years later will destroy a city and change the world forever.  Two actors, one British, one Japanese, explore the events surrounding the catastrophic ‘mistake’ that launched our nuclear age.

Interweaving the stories of a young woman in war-time Hiroshima, a
brilliant Hungarian scientist, and the American pilot who flew the
plane that dropped the bomb, THE MISTAKE is a powerful drama that
confronts the dangers that arise when humans dare to unlock the awesome
power of nature.

                                 by Michael Mears                                                            Directed by Rosamunde Hutt.  Performed by Riko Nakazono & Michael Mears.

★★★★         ‘The past comes alive – a gripping piece of storytelling’ (THE TIMES)
★★★★         ‘A powerful examination of humanity in the wake of Hiroshima.’  (THE LIST)

★★★★★      ‘I was genuinely blown away by this production.                                                                    A dramatic treat.’           (UK THEATRE WEB) 

★★★★         ‘An evocative, well-researched and urgently fascinating story.’                                                        (THE SCOTSMAN)

                                          AUTUMN 2023 tour

All performances will be followed by a Q and A with the cast for those who can stay


Fri.8th    7.30pm   Dartington, Studio 1,  Lower Close Studios, Totnes TQ9 6EL                        01803 847070

Tues.12th  7.30pm    Chester, Wesley Church Centre, St John Street, CH1 1DA                                                         

Weds.13th  7.30pm          Caernarfon, Galeri Theatre Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, LL55 1SQ                                            01286 685 222                              

Thurs.14th 7.45pm          Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, SY23 3DE                               01970 62 32 32

Sat.16th        7.30pm          Wickenby, Lincolnshire, Broadbent Theatre                                   Snarford Road, LN3 5AW  0300 400 0101

Tues.19th    7.30pm          Lancaster, Gregson Arts Centre, 33-35 Moorgate, LA1 3PY                                             01524  849 959

Weds.20th 7.30pm         Stratford-on-Avon, Bearpit  Rother Street, CV37 6LU                           01789 333935                                                                                                                                                    Thurs.21st 7.30pm    Cardiff Sherman Theatre Studio  Senghennydd Road CF24 4YE                    029 2064 6900                                                                                                                       

Fri.22nd                         Sibford School, Banbury  (afternoon perf.- time tbc)                                        The Hill, Banbury OX15 5QL  01295 781200

Sat.23rd     7.30pm           Walton-on-Thames, Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre                                                 Manor Rd, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF    01932  253 354                                                             

Sun.24th    4pm               Chichester, Quaker Meeting House     TICKETING TBC                                                   Priory Rd, Chichester PO19 1NX    01243 839829

Tues.26th  7.30pm          Bristol, Tobacco Factory Theatre                                        Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF   0117 902 0344                                                     

Thurs.28th      8pm           Hull Truck Godber Studio,  50 Ferensway, HU2 8LB                                 01482 323638

Fri.29th 7pm   Cambridge, Corpus Playroom  10, St Edward’s Passage, CB2 3PJ           & Sat.30th  7pm    01223 300085


Sun.1st    3pm tbc          Brighton, Friends Meeting House        TICKETING TBC                                                 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AF    01273 770258    

Weds.4th                       Doncaster – McAuley Catholic High School   10.30am & 3pm                                       Cantley Lane, Doncaster DN3 3QF      01302  537396

Thurs.5th                      Pontefract – Ackworth School  (evening perf.- time tbc)                                      Pontefract Rd, Ackworth, Pontefract WF7 7LT     01977 233600

Sat.7th    7.45pm             York, Theatre Royal Studio   St. Leonard’s Place, YO1 7HD                                01904 623568

Tues.10th                      York, Bootham School   (morning perf.+ possible workshop)                                       49-57 Bootham, York YO30 7BU    01904 623261         

Weds.11th  2.30pm       Bewdley Festival, West Midlands                                                                                 Bewdley Baptist Church, 61 High Street, Bewdley. DY12 2DJ                                TICKETING DETAILS tbc

Thurs.12th                       Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham  (Hexagon Theatre)                       7.30pm tbc    0121 446 3232  TICKETING tbc                                                             

Fri.13th        7.30pm         Northampton, Royal and Derngate – Underground             & Sat.14th 7.30pm     01604 624811

Tues.17th                      Birmingham – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School  (perf. tbc)                                      Wychall Ln, Birmingham B38 8AP    0121 464 4643

Weds.18th                    Buxton – Green Man Gallery    TICKETING DETAILS tbc                7.30pm tbc         Hardwick Studios, Hardwick Square S, Buxton SK17 6PY                                  01298 937375    

Thurs.19th  7.30pm         Diss, Corn Hall        10 St Nicholas St, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4LB                                 01379 652241

Fri.20th         7.30pm        Aldeburgh, Jubilee Hall  Crabbe St, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BN                               01728 454022            

Sat.21st       7.30pm         Bury St. Edmunds, Quaker Meeting House     TICKETING tbc                                       St John’s St, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1SJ   07746 695589   

W/c Oct. 23rd               Performances to be confirmed –   Leyburn, N. Yorks,                                       Richmond, N.  Yorks,                                                                                   London, Sands Films Studios, Rotherhithe                                                                                                                                                       

Mon. Oct. 30th             Canterbury  (evening perf.)   VENUE and more detailsTBC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All photos by SIMON RICHARDSON

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