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Watch: Provocation is a powerful new play about gay panic defence

Provocation is a new play by writer Aroha Awarau and it debuts during Auckland Pride Month. 

It is about what was often called ‘gay panic defence’ – a legal strategy that allowed killers of gay men to downgrade their murder charges to manslaughter. It was a defence that was successfully used by the killers of TV personality David McNee in 2003 and Ronald Brown in 2009. 

In this video, the writer and cast talk about the play and why it is important to tell this story.

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