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 directed by Jatinder Verma
and performed by Michael Mears and You-Ri Yamanaka
The dropping of the first atomic bomb is referred to on the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima as “the mistake”. In this, the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima, Michael Mears’ new play explores personal stories surrounding that catastrophic event.
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, Michael Mears 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”.
‘Would you do it again? If you had to?’ SHIGEKO
‘Morality doesn’t enter into it. There’s no morality in war.’ TIBBETS
Michael Mears teams up with Japanese performer You-Ri Yamanaka to present the momentous events leading up to the dropping of the first atomic bomb, and the disastrous consequences that result.
The play’s running time is: approx. 90 minutes – plus interval.
We have been planning to rehearse and open the play in mid-2020, taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe and then touring thereafter in the UK.
But of course, as of March 2020, everything is up in the air. The show will go on, though, and if it should not prove possible this year, then we will get it out into the world next year – but watch this space for more news.
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