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Transmission: Beta

Ticket Information

  • Adult: $55.00 each
  • Earlybird Concession: $35.00 each
  • Friend of Circa: $38.00 each
  • Group 6+: $45.00 each
  • Group 20+: $42.00 each
  • Under 30 yrs: $30.00 each
  • Artist Donation Support: $60.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Wed 12 Jun 2024, 6:30pm–8:00pm
  • Thu 13 Jun 2024, 6:30pm–8:00pm
  • Fri 14 Jun 2024, 8:00pm–9:30pm
  • Sat 15 Jun 2024, 8:00pm–9:30pm
  • Sun 16 Jun 2024, 4:00pm–5:30pm

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Circa Theatre

By Stuart McKenzie
Directed by Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie

The fight against Covid became a war with each other

From the elimination of the virus to the elimination of a government. Transmission: BETA is the powerful sequel to Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt’s acclaimed verbatim play Transmission (2021). Transmission recorded the white-knuckle battle to eliminate Covid-19 in Aotearoa. Now, drawn from ongoing interviews with iconic players, Transmission: BETA narrates the fallout from the virus. An emotional roller-coaster, this brand new show records the fiery protests and economic turmoil that followed the vaccination rollouts and mandates, ending with the downfall of a Prime Minister.

Starring Sophie Hambleton, Carrie Green, Sepe Mua’au, Nigel Collins and Simon Leary, Transmission: Beta features the voices of Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson; John Tamihere; economist Bernard Hickey; vaccine scientist Kjesten Wiig; epidemiologist Michael Baker; philanthropist Sam Morgan; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Richard Chambers; MIQ residents; medical practitioners; and anti-mandate protesters. Featuring original music by Rhian Sheehan.

A major new work, Transmission: Beta takes the temperature of a nation.

“I felt like I was preparing people for war. In a way, I guess we were.” — Jacinda Ardern

“Gripping, amusing, insightful, unexpected, moving – and needs to go viral” — Theatreview
“a window into the unfathomable responsibility of political power, humane and complex” — The Spinoff”

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