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Slouching Toward Bethlehem

Slouching Toward Bethlehem

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  • Wed 31 Aug ’11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Thu 1 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Fri 2 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Sat 3 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Tue 6 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Wed 7 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Thu 8 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Fri 9 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Sat 10 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
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BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $18.00
  • Concession / student: $13.00


BATS Theatre

The true story of New Zealand’s most evil prime minister ever!

He turned the NZ National Party into an outfit dominated by a single leader bent on imposing regulation that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Eastern Europe under Stalin, but Robert Muldoon believed without a shadow of a doubt that if he needed to know what the average Kiwi felt, all he had to do was look into his own heart.

“Life is ugly, brutish and short... like me.”

From the writer of The Man Lovelock Couldn’t Beat, The Perfumed Garden, Baghdad Baby!, Midnight in Moscow and The Hollow Men comes an epic, expressionist biography of Muldoon taking us from his pro-Labour childhood in Auckland in the 1920s and ’30s to beating hippies and protesters in the 1970s while climbing over the corpses of his National colleagues to seize power, through to his inevitable downfall in 1984.

Slouching Toward Bethlehem stars Phil Grieve as Muldoon, with Kirsty Bruce, Dasha Fedchuk, Andrew Goddard, Alex Greig, Brianne Kerr, Salesi Le’ota, William O’Neil, Jonny Potts, Jean Sergent and Elle Wootton.

The Bacchanals are an award-winning theatre company founded in 2000, dedicated to exploring text-based theatre and ensuring that the theatre remains a place for social, spiritual and psychological debate. Their productions include new versions of Aristophanes’ The Frogs and Euripides’ The Bacchae, the NZ premieres of Sarah Kane’s Crave and Antony Sher’s I.D. (Chapman Tripp Production of the Year, 2005), Paul Rothwell’s Hate Crimes, a co-production of King Lear with Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre and touring productions of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Slouching Toward Bethlehem
A life story of Sir Robert Muldoon
Written by Dean Parker
Directed by David Lawrence

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