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    1942. On a squash court in Chicago an experiment takes place which three years later will destroy a city and change the world – forever.



a new play performed by Emiko Ishii and Michael Mears

directed by Rosamunde Hutt

The dropping of the first atomic bomb is referred to on the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima as “the mistake”. In this 77th anniversary of Hiroshima, Michael Mears teams up with UK-based Japanese actor Emiko Ishii in Michael’s powerful and moving new play, to explore the momentous events that led up to the ‘mistake’ that launched our nuclear age, and the disastrous consequences that resulted. 

Comments from a preview audience at a reading of the play last November, included...  ‘Superbly written.’ ‘Very powerful.’ ‘Deeply moving and engaging.’ 

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 entangled. 

Partly using verbatim testimonies, quotes and remembrances from eye-witnesses, THE MISTAKE interweaves the stories of survivor, scientist and soldier to create  a compelling and powerful drama - of what happens when scientific discoveries unlock the awesome power of nature, and “the genie is let out of the bottle”.   

MICHAEL MEARS actor/playwright

Michael Mears’ has been working as a professional actor for four decades, in theatre, film and television. He is known to Sands Films audiences from his appearances many years ago in LITTLE DORRIT and AS YOU LIKE IT, and more recently in THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEJK.

His recent acclaimed solo play THIS EVIL THING, depicting the struggle of Britain’s WW1 conscientious objectors, has been performed over 100 times in the last six years, including three times at Sands Films Studio Theatre.

One of John Hersey’s accounts in his book HIROSHIMA was adapted by Michael as THE PRIEST’S TALE which was performed by Michael in a live stream from Sands on Hiroshima day in 2020.

EMIKO ISHII is a British born Japanese Actress with a unique and extensive skillset , including martial arts and choreographic skills.  Her work ranges from film, TV, theatre and commercials, and she will be starring in “The World Mission" scheduled to be filming in 2022 as Japanese Warrior Queen Himiko who ruled in the 3rd Century CE. 

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT : Michael Mears at www.michaelmears.org