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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