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Duration: 18 May - 15 Jun
Location: Circa One
Price: $30 - $55

Transmission: Beta

By Stuart McKenzie
Directed by Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie

The fight against Covid became a war with each other.

A Shakespearian tragedy in three acts — from the elimination of the virus to the elimination of a government.

Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt’s powerfully acclaimed verbatim play TRANSMISSION mutates!

TRANSMISSION (BATS Theatre 2021; published by playmarket) recorded the white-knuckle battle to eliminate Covid-19 in Aotearoa. Drawn from ongoing interviews with iconic players, TRANSMISSION: BETA narrates the mutation and upsurge of the virus. An emotional roller-coaster, the new show charts the violent protests and economic turmoil that followed the vaccination rollouts and mandates; and ended with the downfall of a Prime Minister.

TRANSMISSION: BETA stars much-loved actors Carrie Green, Sepelini Mua’au, Simon Leary and Tim Spite and Sophie Hambleton as ex-Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Featuring the voices of ex-Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern; ex-Minister of Finance Grant Robertson; economist Bernard Hickey; front-line police officer Fetu Malosi; Assistant Commissioner of Police Richard Chambers; vaccine scientist Kjesten Wiig; Chief Executive of Waipareira Trust John Tamihere; epidemiologist Michael Baker; business leaders, medical experts, protesters and MIQ inmates. 

A major new work, TRANSMISSION: BETA takes the temperature of a nation.

“I felt like I was preparing people for war. In a way, I guess we were.” — Jacinda Ardern


“Gripping, amusing, insightful, unexpected, moving – and needs to go viral”Theatreview

“a window into the unfathomable responsibility of political power, humane and complex”The Spinoff

18 May to 15 Jun
Preview 17 May

Circa One
Tues – Thurs 6.30pm, Fri – Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm

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