Verbatim Info 1

Initially trained as an actor at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Miranda then starred in the iconic 80’s TV series Gloss.

In 1990 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study drama-therapy at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

On her return to New Zealand, Miranda devised the now-classic play Verbatim with William Brandt, touring it to every prison in the country — as well as to prisons, schools, theatres and festivals all over the world.

The Sunday Star-Times described Verbatim as “a small miracle of dramatic theatre”. And the NZ Times said Miranda’s performance was “frightening in its stamina and emotional range”. In The Guardian, renowned reviewer Michael Billington praised Verbatim as “a remarkable solo show about violence.” Act of Murder, Shirley Horrocks’ documentary about the play and the tour, won the inaugural NZ Media Peace Award across all media, judged by John Pilger.

Some small clips can be found on the NZ on Screen Page.

"Tracing the path of its original staging with Miranda Harcourt, Last Tapes took Verbatim to schools and prisons throughout New Zealand this year. Performed with wrenching intensity by Renee Lyons, the show played to the head of the Mongrel Mob in Hastings. They played in rundown rooms to people the play was based on. They took a powerful and harrowing piece of New Zealand theatre – a docudrama based on interviews with violent offenders and their families and the families of their victims – to the communities it affected the most (including performing Portraits to the actual mother of the victim portrayed in that play). Without question the most important tour of 2014."

(Source: Rosabel Tan,