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Actor Michael Mears commemorates the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima

Announcement by the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre Team

Actor Michael Mears will perform a series of one-man and two person plays online to mark Hiroshima Day this year. The Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre is co-hosting these virtual events and any donations will go towards our planned exhibition that has been delayed until 2021, to mark the 75th anniversary and to increase awareness about the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty,with an exhibition of the 140,000 origami peace cranes we had collected from around the world.

Michael Mears, who last year performed his play 'This Evil Thing' about the experience of conscientious objectors during the First World War in Edinburgh, to raise money for an opposing war memorial in the city, is always a first class performer. We hope you will join us for one or all of these performances. And please share on social media.

August 6th, 7.15pm - 9.15pm

Livestreamed on vimeo: 

Michael Mears tells the story of Father Wilhelm, a German Jesuit priest living in Hiroshima at the time of the first atomic bombing. Streamed live from the theatre of London's Sands Film Studio with violin accompaniment by Chihiro Ono. 

Marking the75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki: 

August 9th, 7.15m - 9.15pm

Livestreamed on vimeo:

Michael Mears has dramatically adapted this account of Nagasaki 1945 by a young doctor, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, working in a small hospital in Nagasaki at the time of the second atomic bomb, detailing how he and his small staff, with very limited supplies, survived that day and the following weeks. Japanese action, Leo Ashizawa will give a livestreamed reading of this story, with support from Michael Mears and with live musical accompaniment by Chihiro Ono.

August 22nd, 4pm - 5.30pm

This is an exclusive film collage of rehearsal extracts and images from the making of The Mistake. Performers Michael Mears and You-Ri Yamanaka, and director Jatinder Vermaand will be present for a live post-show Q&A together with the Peace Cranes exhibition co-curators Iliyana Nedkova and Heather Kiernan.

Using testimonies and eye-witness accounts, The Mistake interweaves the stories of survivor, scientist and soldier to create a compelling drama of what happens when scientific discoveries unlock the power of nature. Shigeko Nomura is a young woman living in war-time Hiroshima. Leo Szilard is a Hungarian scientist and ‘father of the atomic bomb’. Paul Tibbets is the American pilot chosen to fly the plane that drops the bomb. At 8.15am on a Monday morning in August, their lives become fatally and forever entangled.

Also on August 6 to mark Hiroshima Day:

10am - 11am

Learn how to make origami peace cranes with Shoji Masuzawa and hear how 140,000 peace cranes will take centre stage in a new contemporary art exhibition exploring the cultural legacy of Hiroshima.

We hope you can join us for one or more of these events during August.

Best wishes,

The Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre Team

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