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
Loose Canons: Nancy Brunning
Read Time: 13 mins
Writer, director and performer Nancy Brunning digs...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Nancy Brunning
By Nancy Brunning
Through The Lens: Becoming Māori with Fred Renata
Read Time: 11 mins
Joseph McAlpine shines a light on national treasure...
Screen
Through The Lens: Becoming Māori with Fred Renata
By Joseph McAlpine
Loose Canons: Rodney Bell
Read Time: 4 mins
Dancer Rodney Bell uncovers his inspirations.
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Rodney Bell
By Rodney Bell
Attuning to People, Places and Things: Neck Adornment and Contemporary Art
Read Time: 20 mins
Victoria Wynne-Jones ruminates on the fruitful intertwinings...
Art
Attuning to People, Places and Things: Neck Adornment and Contemporary Art
By Victoria Wynne-Jones
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in June
Read Time: 9 mins
A monthly round-up of notable, controversial and unmissable...
Art
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in June
By Pantograph Punch
The Unmissables: Special Edition
Read Time: 17 mins
A bumper edition round-up of notable, controversial...
Art
The Unmissables: Special Edition
By Pantograph Punch
Symptoms of a Sick Society: The Growing Female Prison Population
Read Time: 11 mins
So how can we think about crime differently?
Society
Symptoms of a Sick Society: The Growing Female Prison Population
By Pantograph Punch
Loose Canons: Saraid Cameron
Read Time: 7 mins
Actor and theatremaker Saraid Cameron lets us in on...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Saraid Cameron
By Saraid Cameron