Two Verbatim Plays: Verbatim & Portraits

These two verbatim plays examine the culture of violent crime, and confront us with the authentic voices of those most deeply affected.

William Brandt and Miranda Harcourt’s widely studied and performed Verbatim has been presented in prisons across New Zealand and Australia. It is based on over 40 interviews with families of offenders, families of victims and with the offenders themselves.

Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt’s Portraits tells of the rape and murder of a teenage girl in a small community. Heart-rending, it casts light on the nature of family on both sides of a terrible crime. These groundbreaking verbatim works tackle their subjects with unflinching honesty.