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Last Tapes Theatre Company and justice reform group JustSpeak are proud to present Verbatim - two short plays that allow some of New Zealand’s most marginalised voices to tell their own stories, in their own words.
‘Verbatim’ (William Brandt and Miranda Harcourt) and ‘Portraits’ (Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt) were developed through interviews with violent offenders, their families, and their victim’s families. The plays are a form of docu-drama, where the truth cannot be hidden because the words are not embellished.
In 1992, Miranda Harcourt toured Verbatim to every prison in New Zealand, and a number of schools, encouraging communities to question the way our country deals with crime and the shattered lives it leaves behind.
In 2013, Verbatim played to sold-out audiences in Auckland and Wellington.
Now, two decades on from the original tour, Last Tapes and JustSpeak are following in Harcourt’s footsteps, taking the plays to secondary schools, prisons and theatres from Kaitaia to Invercargill.
Hear New Zealand’s prisoners, their families at home, their victims’ parents in pain. See the damage, hurt, forgiveness and hatred. Learn their truths.
Hot on the heels of the national tour of her stunning one-woman show ‘Nick: An Accidental Hero’, Renee Lyons features as the solo performer in ‘Verbatim’.
Screen favourites Jodie Rimmer (Until Proven Innocent, In My Father’s Den) and Fraser Brown (Field Punishment No.1 and Erebus: Operation Overdrive) return to the stage to star in ‘Portraits’.
Warning: Please be advised that these works contain some potentially distressing material, including coarse language and descriptions of sexual violence.
Directed by Jeff Szusterman.
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