Two exceptional verbatim plays in one volume. Published alongside The Haka Part Incident.


An original, multi-media theatre show, drawn from over 20 hours of verbatim interviews recorded since April 2020 with NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson and leading epidemiologist Michael Baker around the decision to lockdown NZ in response to Covid-19 and its targeted elimination. It is a behind the scenes glimpse into how they were thinking and feeling at the time — and into the life events that have shaped them as leaders.

“Everything was moving so so fast. I felt like I was preparing people for war. In a way, I guess we were.” – NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern

From the creators of Verbatim (1993), Portraits (1997), Flowers from my Mother’s Garden (1998), Biography of my Skin (2009), a verbatim show about “going early and going hard”.