The Priest’s Tale
A new play written and performed live by Michael Mears
6 August 2020, 7:30 – 8:30pm BST | For 12+ year olds | Livestream: https://vimeo.com/438259377
Watch the exclusive performance of The Priest’s Tale streaming live from the empty theatre of London’s Sands Films Studio. See the compelling account of a survivor of the first atomic bombing – written and performed live by Michael Mears with live musical accompaniment by violinist Chihiro Ono. As one of the contemporary artists featured in our Peace Cranes 2021 exhibition, the actor, playwright and peace activist Michael Mears is familiar to all at Peace & Justice from his solo stage play This Evil Thing (now available as a ‘lockdown’ film) portraying the stories of Britain’s World War I conscientious objectors. Michael’s new piece The Priest’s Tale is inspired by John Hersey’s book Hiroshima (1946) and offers an eyewitness account of the first atomic bombing. Meet Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge – a German Jesuit priest living in Hiroshima, who survived the blast but witnessed much of the devastation and later succumbed to radiation sickness. Experience Father Wilhelm’s story full of extraordinary detail and rounded out with warmth and compassion. (Duration approx. 55 mins.) Directorial supervision by Rosamunde Hutt. A Peace Cranes pre-exhibition initiative of the Peace & Justice Centre as part of Sands Films Studio Theatre Events.
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