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

A brilliant scientist. A daring pilot. A devoted daughter. Three lives fatally entangled on a Monday morning in August 1945. A compelling new play exploring ‘the mistake’ that launched our nuclear age.

From Tues. Jan. 31st to Sat. Feb. 4th, 2023, Emiko Ishii and I will perform THE MISTAKE, directed by Ros Hutt, at the ARCOLA THEATRE, Dalston.    24 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL.    8pm each evening. There will be a matinee performance as well on Sat. 4th, at 4pm and a Q and A on Thursday 2nd Feb. after the performance. (With Kate Hudson, CND chair, taking part.)

★★★★    ‘The past comes alive – a gripping piece of storytelling’ (THE TIMES)

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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.


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