18 Apr 2021


From Standing Room Only, 1:31 pm on 18 April 2021

More than 20 hours of interviews recorded during and since the New Zealand-wide lockdown in March last year, have been distilled into a stage show called Transmission.

The key figures for creators Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt were epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson.

The aim was to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how they were thinking and feeling at the time.

The verbatim stage play is about to premiere in Wellington.   Lynn Freeman talks to three of the cast:  Sophie Hambleton, who plays Jacinda Ardern, Tom Knowles who plays Grant Robertson, and Tim Spite, who returns to the stage to portray Michael Baker.:

Transmission premieres at Bats Theatre in Wellington on Tuesday, April 20.