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Duration: 9–16 Sep
Location: Circa One
Price: $30–$55
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TAHI New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance

Written by William Brandt
Devised by Miranda Harcourt and William Brandt


“If. That’s a very big word.”

Verbatim premiered in 1993 and broke new and important ground. William Brandt and Miranda Harcourt presented an uncensored insight, with first hand accounts, into the impact of violent crime in Aotearoa. This work still strongly resonates today. We might ask what has changed? Verbatim is an opportunity to interrogate the lack of social change.

With the expert skill of actor Renee Lyons we meet those interviewees. Lyons revisits her powerful solo performance from ten years ago.


‘The subtle power of Lyons’ less-is-more embodiment of each person brings us to the heart of their experiences, compelling us to interrogate the whys and wherefores and ask ourselves at what point in the causal chain an intervention might have made a positive difference.’
— Theatreview

‘a punchy piece of theatre’
— NZ Herald

9–16 Sep
Preview 8 Sep
Circa One
Tues – Thurs 8.30pm, Fri – Sat 6pm, Sun 2pm
$30 – $55


Runtime: 45mins, no interval
Audience Care: Contains references to violence.

Post Show Panel – Tuesday 12 September
Come along to Verbatim on Tuesday 12 September and join us for a post-show panel discussion about the Arts and the criminal justice system. Panellists include:

  • Nina Nawalowalo ONZM, Director of The White Guitar and A Boy Called Piano
  • William Brandt, Verbatim playwright
  • Renee Lyons, Verbatim performer
  • Jacqui Moyes, Creative Director of Home Ground


DOUBLE PASS ALSO AVAILABLE! Spend the night at the theatre and save! Book now to see both Verbatim and I Want To Be Happy at Circa on the same night to receive concession priced tickets. Book here


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Image by Lauren Douglas