Actor-playwright Michael Mears is to mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with livestream performances of two tales from the bombings.
The performances will be live-streamed from Sands Films Studios Theatre, Rotherhithe, on Hiroshima Day, Thursday 6th August, and Nagasaki Day, Sunday 9th August.
Hiroshima Day’s performance will be The Priest’s Tale, an adaptation by Mears of a survivor’s account from John Hersey’s classic book, Hiroshima.
“Fr Wilhelm was a German Jesuit priest living in Hiroshima at the time of the first atomic bombing,” Mears said. “His account is a compelling and clear-eyed description of that day and the subsequent months and years – told with compassion and warmth.”
The performance will be live-streamed at 7.30pm on 6th August. Mears will perform the story, with live violin accompaniment by Chihiro Ono. See it at: https://vimeo.com/438259377.
The Nagasaki Day performance is The Doctor’s Tale, an account by a young doctor working in a small hospital in Nagasaki at the time of the second atomic bomb. It details how he and his staff survived that day and the following weeks.
The performance will be live-streamed at 7.30pm on 9th August. Japanese actor Leo Ashizawa will read the story, with support from Mears and musical accompaniment by Ono. See it at: https://vimeo.com/438273483.
Organisers hope to raise money through donations to offer the two Japanese performers payment, for Sands Films streaming the event, and for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
Picture: The devastation of the Japanese city of Hiroshima after the dropping of a nuclear bomb on 6th August 1945. This picture was issued to mark the 50th Anniversary in 1995. (UPPA/DPA/PA).