What the papers say…

‘How a lone actor with few props (the planks of wood are two small upturned drawers on which he balances) in the intimate drawing room of the Kempe Studio conjures such a visceral scenario is testament to Michael’s exemplary acting and his superbly crafted play … Michael switches seamlessly between his many roles: he’s a stretcher-bearer ducking fire on the front, a barking sergeant, a worried girlfriend, a troubled dad, an army officer, a philosopher, a politician, a campaigner… the effect is of a master storyteller at work’  Stratford-Upon-Avon Herald reviewing This  Evil Thing. 19th Jan 2017.  See full review here.

‘In this urgent and physical performance, Mears plays tribute to Bert Brocklesby – a schoolteacher who refused to bear armsand was silenced, starved and almost shot. Mears convincingly intersperses historical re-enactment with his own self-questioning, even asking what he would have done, had he been born at the time …  Mears himself is exhilarating to watch. He hares across the stage, convincingly being about four different men at once … This is a rich and personal modernisation of a lesser-told tale.’  This Evil Thing reviewed by The List 8th August 2016

Using real-life dialogue from such figures as Fenner Brockway and Bertrand Russell, Mears casts light upon a chapter of British history too often ignored, and raises some salient points about our responsibilities as individuals. Above all, we’re made to consider the terrifying results that occur when man falls out of line with popular consensus… Mears is an animated and engaging presence throughout, his faithful delivery of others’ words accommodating many a naturalistic flourish. Entertaining as his show may be, his gratitude and outrage remain very much to the fore. This is important, vital polemic.’ This Evil Thing reviewed by Lewis Porteous in Fest 6th August 2016

‘An actor both gifted and unselfish … Mears gives the most inventive reading of Malvolio’s letter scene since Olivier himself.’   The Observer – reviewing ATC’s production of Twelfth Night

‘The most vivid performance is from the chilling Michael Mears, as the wily puritanical and dangerous deputy.’  Evening Standard reviewing ETT’s The Herbal Bed

‘One exceptional man…’  The Observer

‘My best Festival show ever was a one-man show by Michael Mears called Tomorrow We Do The Sky.’ Miriam Margolyes interviewed by the Daily Telegraph in 2012

‘I marvel at Michael Mears’ ability…’      The Times on Tomorrow We Do The Sky

‘Seldom have I seen the subject of homelessness treated with such insight and compassion.’ The Scotsman – Fringe First Award Winner 1995 on Soup

‘This challenging, marvellously funny evening…epitomises the thrilling shock of the new that makes the Fringe consistently irresistible.’        Today on Soup

‘Mears’ performance is quite simply stunning, each character neatly and compassionately drawn.  The play is a moving, warm and intensely rich experience.’  The Stage – nominated for Best Actor, Stage Awards on Soup

 ‘Powerfully evocative, filled with humour and dignity…Mears takes you right there but you dare not look away.  With his lightning-quick changes and the face of an El Greco he shows us a part of life that there but for the grace of God…’  Time Out, London on Soup

‘In playing every part, Mears celebrates the art of acting and the multi-facetedness of the human personality and finally suggests that dereliction is just a crisis away from any one of us.’  The Independent on Soup

Mears is immensely talented at creating a character using minimal props…’   The Financial Times on Soup

Full of humour… marvellous character actor Michael Mears gives richly populated performances…’        Edinburghguide.com on Slight Tilt to the Left

‘Michael Mears is the Alec Guinness of afternoon drama.’       The Stage on Radio 4 solo drama

‘If talent were fame, Mears’ name would be in lights a mile high.’    Radio Times Radio 4 solo drama

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November 16th, 2017

One of my all-time favourite bits of dialogue, from Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’.

Food – where to get it from, when to have it, how much of it to have, and whether there’s enough time to digest it in before the performance – is a constant preoccupation for actors on tour, in strange towns and cities, with little time to spare.  I’ve never met an actor who didn’t love their food, and who didn’t happily wolf down any sandwiches, cake or biscuits put in front of them.

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