Picking at the Surface
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
Books to Look Out for in 2019

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Society

Vanessa Crofskey on compulsive grooming, beauty and survival.

I watch my mum from the upstairs window as she bends over a patch of dirt and upturns the earth. She works late nights as a software developer, so these hours in the garden are hers. Determinedly, she pushes her knees into the concrete and pulls a weed out from the soil bed. An hour later, she is still scouring the earth, bundles of...

Theatre

Roger Hall is the most successful playwright in New Zealand, but it looks like he's scared of everyone below retirement age. What's worse is that it might just be our fault... and not in the ways you think. Adam Goodall digs into the mistakes that Aotearoa playwrights – especially the young ones – keep making when they write stories about old age for the stage, and what needs to change to get them right....

Literature

Literature editor Hannah Newport-Watson does a reccie of new books appearing on the horizon this year in Aotearoa. Here’s a selection of forthcoming poetry, fiction and non-fiction we’re excited about.

Poetry

Under Glass by Gregory Kan (Auckland University Press, March 2019)

Gregory Kan’s first collection of poetry, This Paper Boat (2016), was restrained and quietly haunting. I loved the...

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Society
Picking at the Surface
Theatre
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
Literature
Books to Look Out for in 2019
Myth on Myth, Art as Autopsy
Read Time: 15 mins
Natasha Frost on the work of Heather Straka and Marian...
Art
Myth on Myth, Art as Autopsy
By Natasha Frost
Writers Festival Roundup - The Read, The Writ and The Worthy
Read Time: 11 mins
Philip McSweeney, Annaleese Jochems and Kirsti Whalen...
Literature
Writers Festival Roundup - The Read, The Writ and The Worthy
By Pantograph Punch
From the Cutting Room Floor: Fallout
Read Time: 18 mins
We chat to the cast and crew of Fallout about their...
Theatre
From the Cutting Room Floor: Fallout
By Rosabel Tan
Landmarks and Features: Henrietta Harris
Read Time: 8 mins
We chat to New Zealand artist Henrietta Harris about...
Art
Landmarks and Features: Henrietta Harris
By Rosabel Tan
Between the Lines: Lance's Tape
Read Time: 6 mins
Edward Castelow on the origins of Dictaphone Blues...
Music
Between the Lines: Lance's Tape
By Edward Castelow
Billy AppleĀ®: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else
Read Time: 18 mins
Claire Duncan on the Billy Apple retrospective currently...
Art
Billy AppleĀ®: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else
By Claire Duncan
Music from Another Room: An Interview with David Mitchell
Read Time: 25 mins
We chat to David Mitchell about time, death, and creating...
Literature
Music from Another Room: An Interview with David Mitchell
By Michelle Langstone
Review: No More Dancing In The Good Room
Read Time: 4 mins
Sam Brooks reviews Chris Parker's No More Dancing...
Theatre
Review: No More Dancing In The Good Room
By Sam Brooks