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9/26/2017

Review: This Evil Thing at Sherman Theatre.


Pacifist:

[pas-uh-fist]

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 pacifism causes him or her to refuse being drafted into military service.


This 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.
I 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.

The 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.

The 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.

This 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.

One 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!

I 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.

I 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.

This 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.

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