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Slouching Toward Bethlehem: Life Story of Sir Robert Muldoon

17th August 2011
The Bacchanals present:

Slouching Toward Bethlehem: A Life Story of Sir Robert Muldoon

By Dean Parker
Directed by David Lawrence

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.

From the writer of The Man Lovelock Couldn’t Beat, The Perfumed Garden, Bagdhad 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 protestors 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.

The Bacchanals, present Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Dean Parker BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington Wednesday 31 August – Saturday 10 September 2011 (no show Sunday or Monday) 6pm Bookings (04) 802-4175 or


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