The Mistake – a new play about the day the world changed forever

1942. On a squash court in Chicago an experiment takes place which three years later will destroy a city and change the world – forever.

THE MISTAKE is a new play by Michael Mears, to be performed by Michael Mears and an English-speaking Japanese performer (to be announced soon.)

The dropping of the first atomic bomb is referred to on the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima as “the mistake”. Michael Mears’ new play explores personal stories surrounding that catastrophic event that launched our nuclear age.

Shigeko Nomura is a young woman living in war-time Hiroshima.
Leo Szilard is a Hungarian scientist and ‘father of the atomic bomb’.
Paul Tibbets is the American pilot chosen to fly the plane that drops the bomb.
At 8.15am on a Monday morning in August, their lives become fatally and forever entangled.

Using verbatim testimonies and remembrances from eye-witnesses, the play interweaves the stories of the survivor, the scientist and the soldier to create a gripping and powerful drama – about what happens when scientific discoveries unlock the awesome power of nature, and “the genie is let out of the bottle”.

The play’s running time is: approx. 80 minutes.
We had been planning to rehearse and open the play in mid-2020, taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then touring thereafter in the UK.
But of course, as of March 2020, everything was put on hold. The show will go on, though, and now, in 2022, it will be mounted at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival after which it will be available for touring in 2023 and beyond.

Previews in London (tbc) at Sands Films Studio Theatre, 82 St. Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, SE16 4HZ  on Weds. 27th July and Thurs. 28th July 2022 at 7.30pm.

Opening at the Edinburgh Fringe 2022                                                                                Venue 36  theSpace on North Bridge, Argyll Theatre                                                            from Aug. 5 – 27th 2022  (not 14th)  at 10.45 a.m.

See the online collage of extracts and images from the play that we have created on Youtube at this link…  https://youtu.be/QURQZ6WUU_g

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