One of the successes at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and following a sell-out run at London’s trailblazing Arcola Theatre, this urgent new play by Michael Mears explores the events surrounding the catastrophic ‘mistake’ that launched our nuclear age.
1942. On a squash court in Chicago a dazzling scientific experiment takes place, which three years later will destroy a city and change the world – forever.
Two actors, one British, one Japanese, enact the compelling stories of a brilliant Hungarian scientist, a daring American pilot and a devoted Japanese daughter, in a fast-moving, thought-provoking drama about the dangers that arise when humans dare to unlock the awesome power of nature.
★★★★ “The past comes alive – a gripping piece of storytelling.” – The Times
★★★★★ “I was genuinely blown away by this production. A dramatic treat.” – UK Theatre Web
★★★★ “A powerful examination of humanity in the wake of Hiroshima.” -The List
Written by Michael Mears
Performed by Michael Mears and Riko Nakazono.
Directed by Rosamunde Hutt.
Winner of a Spirit of the Fringe Award Edinburgh 2022
Shortlisted for the Sit-Up Award Edinburgh 2022
- RUNNING TIME80 mins (no interval)
- AGE RECOMMENDATION14+
- TICKETS£15 / £12
- VENUEFactory Theatre
Content warning: some verbal descriptions of dead and dying / wounded people
Please note there will be an optional post show Q+A.
Members on sale 12:30pm on Wed 21 June
General on sale 12:30pm on Fri 23 June