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THE LEE LETTER
Written by Claire Robinson
Directed by Ross Jolly
Sat 13 March, 2pm
$10 (Fringe addict) / $15 / $19
It will come as a surprise to many today, that Michael Joseph (Joe) Savage, the Labour Party’s first ‘rockstar’ leader, was likely also New Zealand’s first closeted gay Prime Minister. Set during the turbulent 1935-‘40 period, THE LEE LETTER explores the deadly power struggle between an increasingly unstable and medication-reliant Savage and his “frenemy”, popular socialist MP John A (Jack) Lee.
Once sharing a radical utopian vision for New Zealand, both men eventually destroyed each other’s political careers before either could realise that vision.
Featuring: Jeff Kingsford-Brown as Michael Joseph (Joe) Savage and Gavin Rutherford as John A (Jack) Lee with Jamie McCaskill, Ken Blackburn, Stephen Gledhill, Lloyd Scott, Harriet Prebble.
Jeff Kingsford-Brown Gavin Rutherford Jamie McCaskill Ken Blackburn
Stephen Gledhill Lloyd Scott Harriet Prebble
Image artist: Xoë Hall