Review: This Evil Thing at Sherman Theatre.



1. a person who believes in pacifism
or is opposed to war or to violence of any kind.

2. a person whose personal belief in
causes him or her to refuse being drafted into military service.

Evil Thing is a play written and performed by Michael Mears currently
showing at Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. The play take place between
1914 and 1919 and focuses on the stories of conscientious objectors
as they suffer the perils of saying no to war.
was very keen to see this performance, mostly because I consider
myself very anti-war and I wanted to find out more about the idea of
pacifists and conscientious objectors, to see their take on the
subject of war and to understand more fully the risks taken by these
very brave and integral men.

story jumps from character to character with Mears flipping persona
like a pancake, without thought or hesitation he easily went from
character to character. Not once did he falter, and for this I was
tremendously impressed.

set was simple yet effective, with wooden crates and boxes acting as
walls, windows, coffins and benches. Mears moved around with energy
and passion as he told the story of the men who said no to war and he
interacted with the audience just enough to draw us in, just enough
to see the situation from all points of view. I liked the use of
lighting, sound and set, but there were times when the stories
overlapped a little to much for me to differentiate.

didn’t change what I was seeing or hearing though, because the
stories of the men merged together well and created a plethora of
experience from conscientious objectors of World War I.

thing the play did for me was make me really think and reflect on who
I am, what I believe and what I stand for. I’ve always considered
myself a pacifist, yet as the play unfolded it had me questioning how
true I am to this definition. I do not support war, I do not want to
be a part of war, but at times I did question whether I’d have take
part in some aspects of it (preparing food, helping the injured and
so on), because I’ve never seen them as instrumental to the war, but
of course they are!

felt a tad naive as I watched the performance, not linking the other
tasks outside of the brutalities of the front-line to war itself. But
I felt proud of those who stood for what they believed in, those who
refused to take part in the war, those who lost their lives for this
belief, much like the soldiers who believed in the fight.

felt I walked away pondering on thoughts of my own beliefs but also
very much set on the belief that all lives lost during war, whether
they be soldiers or pacifists, matter.

Evil Thing is showing again tonight, 26th September, at
Sherman Theatre. If you’re keen to learn more about the history,
thoughts and speculations surrounding conscientious objectors, then
grab yourself a ticket.

I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100%
honest and my own.

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