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It’s a Trial!
November 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm$10 – $30
It’s a Trial! is a unique one-off performance that fuses courtroom drama with community theatre. Set in the grand historic Von Kohorn Boardroom in Wellington Museum, watch performers Joel Baxendale and Karin McCracken play opposing lawyers and call on real members of the public to be expert witnesses to help win the case, all under the watchful eye of maverick Judge Jody (Jo Randerson) and her court taker (Maria Williams). Presented by Binge Culture Collective and Barbarian Production, as part of the Spring Uprising Festival. The show is staged like a genuine trial, loosely following real court procedures. Partially improvised, the show stages a serious debate through absurdly funny characters. As part of the performance, audience members are invited to act as the members of the jury, sketch artists in the press box, or simply members of the public gallery. Stay for the whole afternoon, or come and go as you please. Refreshments available throughout the event. What’s the case? The Government is being sued for negligence over the housing crisis. The lawyers will have to navigate a legal quagmire to argue whether a duty of care is owed, and whether that has been breached. It’s a Trial! is a theatrical forum for community discussion of social issues – originally created and performed at Bats in April of 2016, putting the TVNZ Kiwimeter quiz on trial over five nights. This one-day version of the show will be a re-development of that work, changing the format and with entirely new content.