Rolling coverage of the Kiwimeter defamation trial at BATS Theatre
19 - 23 April, 7.30pm
Kiwimeter in court - brings defamation claim to trial
A group of Wellington theatre makers are staging A Trial at BATS Theatre in order to investigate the issues that TVNZ’s controversial Kiwimeter survey has raised and to put the New Zealand justice system itself under the cauterising lights of the theatre for judgement.
The satirical court case will follow real judicial procedures and conventions (with a small degree of creative licence). Each night of the season will be a different stand-alone episode in a serial that will be documented online as it unfolds over the week.
In the civil case being brought, TVNZ has sued a prominent commentator [name suppressed] for defamatory statements leading to loss of profit. The public are invited to attend on any night; each episode will see new witnesses interrogated and new attempts to twist the law in favour of one client or another. As part the experience, audience members can put themselves forward to serve on the jury (provided they are available for all five episodes) and give their verdict on the final night.
Tickets are available from www.bats.co.nz, along with all the details on how to sign up for jury service. Follow proceedings at atrialshow.weebly.comand @TrialJournoNZ on twitter.
IN THE HIGH COURT OF NEW ZEALAND, WELLINGTON REGISTRY
UNDER THE DEFAMATION ACT 1992
BETWEEN TVNZ (Plaintiff) AND UNNAMED (Defendant)
HEARING: 19 APRIL – 23 APRIL
ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS
Tuesday 19 April Hey Jury, Don't Make it Bad
Wednesday 20 April It's Plaintiff to See
Thursday 21 April Can I Get a Witness?
Friday 22 April Stop Sitting on Defence
Saturday 23 April Give it to Me (the Verdict)
Justice Jody Ranzerson: Jo Randerson
Counsel for the Plaintiff, Mr Backensdael: Joel Baxendale
Counsel for the Defendant, Miss Rizmackon: Karin McCracken
Court Taker, Courtney T. Aker: Maria Williams
Member of the press, Jacqui Strongarm: Anya Tate-Manning
OPERATOR: Jonathan Hobman
DESIGNED BY: Nick Zwart and Meg Rollandi
PRODUCED BY Joel Baxendale
DRAMATURGY: Karin McCracken
Day 1 / Hey Jury, don't make it bad