Two powerful and confronting plays reaching to
the heart of murder.
In 2013 JustSpeak and Last Tapes Theatre Company produced VERBATIM
in Auckland and Wellington - two short plays that allow some of New
Zealand's most marginalised voices to tell their own stories, in
their own words.
In 2014 the journey continues. We're hitting the road to bring
VERBATIM to the rest of New Zealand, performing in regional
theatres, schools, and prisons from Northland to Invercargill.
'Verbatim' (William Brandt and Miranda Harcourt) and 'Portraits'
(Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt) were developed through
interviews with violent offenders, their families, and their
victims' families. The plays are a form of docu-drama, where the
truth cannot be hidden because the words are not embellished.
An incredible cast of NZ industry leaders - Jodie Rimmer (In My
Father's Den), Fraser Brown (Harry, Field Punishment No.1), and
Renée Lyons (Nick: An Accidental Hero) embody multiple characters
to paint a picture of violence and its endless repercussions.
A collaboration between Last Tapes Theatre Company and justice
reform group JustSpeak, VERBATIM gives an intimate insight into
lives filled with loss. Your support with this tour will help bring
these works to some of New Zealand's most isolated communities.