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
How to Do Stuff with the Billy Ts
Read Time: 7 mins
The Billy T nominees teach you how to do stuff
Comedy
How to Do Stuff with the Billy Ts
By Pantograph Punch
Review: Don Juan
Read Time: 6 mins
Adam Goodall reviews A Slightly Isolated Dog's Don...
Theatre
Review: Don Juan
By Adam Goodall
The Frog and the Bunny Rabbit
Read Time: 5 mins
An excerpt from John Summers' new book, The Mermaid...
Literature
The Frog and the Bunny Rabbit
By John Summers
John Summers and Lawrence Patchett in Conversation
Read Time: 13 mins
John Summers speaks to his editor, Lawrence Patchett...
Literature
John Summers and Lawrence Patchett in Conversation
By Pip Adam
Between the Lines: I Don't See An Honest Man
Read Time: 5 mins
Gemma Syme on a track from Instant Fantasy's first...
Music
Between the Lines: I Don't See An Honest Man
By Gemma Syme
On The Art of Spectacle with Singin' in the Rain
Read Time: 10 mins
Sam Brooks talks about how to bring creativity into...
Theatre
On The Art of Spectacle with Singin' in the Rain
By Sam Brooks
Toy Guns, Toy Soldiers
Read Time: 7 mins
Chris Danger on Gallipoli and Tony Abbott militarising...
Society
Toy Guns, Toy Soldiers
By Chris McIntyre
Sonic Doom: The Madness and Mayhem of Making Good Times
Read Time: 23 mins
Court documents suggest Kim Dotcom spent $1,000,000...
Society
Sonic Doom: The Madness and Mayhem of Making Good Times
By Hayden Donnell