Renowned actor to bring story of Richmond 16 conscientious objector to life

Michael Mears will star in This Evil Thing, The story of Bert Brocklesby.

A renowned actor will bring his own play to Richmondshire next month to tell the story of one of the so-called Richmond 16.

Michael Mears starred in the West End version of Women in Black for nine years, had leading roles with the National Theatre and RSC, was Rifleman Cooper in first six Sharpe films, and brought Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell together in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Now you can see Michael Mears live at various local venues in This Evil Thing the story of Bert Brocklesby one of the so-called Richmond 16.

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Michael Mears wrote this play about Britain’s First World War conscientious objectors, the compelling and inspiring story of the men who said no to war.

The story moves from a chapel in Yorkshire to the House of Commons, from a cell in Richmond Castle to a firing squad in France and the questions raised are as relevant and urgent as they were 100 years ago.

He premiered this one man show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, and a century on from the end of the First World War Michael has teamed up with North Country Theatre to bring this magnificent storytelling to the town of it’s origin.

Michael portrays the conscientious objectors and a host of other characters with breath-taking physical and vocal dexterity in this highly original piece which weaves verbatim testimonies with a multi layered landscape and vivid visual imagery.

This Evil Thing is at The Old School House Leyburn on February 13, then West Burton Village Hall on the 14th, Richmond Town Hall 15th, Newton-le-Willows 16th, Masham Town Hall 17th and Northallerton’s Forum on Sunday, February 18th.

All performances start at 7.30pm.

For more information and to book tickets contact North Country Theatre 01748 825288 or