Midnight in Moscow

A is a play about betrayal: betraying one’s country, betraying one’s wife, betraying one’s friends.

Set in Moscow, 1947, spring, a world war has ended, a cold war beginning.

Inspired by James McNeish’s The Sixth Man, the absorbing biography of Paddy Costello, which briefly features New Zealand’s first woman ambassador and perpetual inebriate Jean McKenzie. Costello was said to have been a Soviet agent. But, really, who cares? It’s only ever men who carry on about it. Women have a much more honest and personal view of what constitutes treachery.