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
Dissolving Walls: Claire Cowan of Blackbird Ensemble
Read Time: 10 mins
India Essuah chats to Claire Cowan about closing the...
Theatre
Dissolving Walls: Claire Cowan of Blackbird Ensemble
By India Essuah
On Some Qualities of Respect
Read Time: 18 mins
Philip Catton on respect - and what New Zealand lacks...
Society
On Some Qualities of Respect
By Philip Catton
Between the Lines: Neon Nebula
Read Time: 6 mins
Xanadu frontman Tim Lewton on one of the band's best...
Music
Between the Lines: Neon Nebula
By Tim Lewton
The Past Matters: Reflections on Tangata Whenua
Read Time: 14 mins
Hautahi Kingi reflects on last year's mammoth illustrated...
Literature
The Past Matters: Reflections on Tangata Whenua
By Hautahi Kingi
Review: Between Zero and One
Read Time: 4 mins
Alistair Deverick reviews Between Zero and One
Theatre
Review: Between Zero and One
By Alistair Deverick
Review: Two Mortals
Read Time: 7 mins
Adam Goodall reviews Two Mortals
Theatre
Review: Two Mortals
By Adam Goodall
Building Invisible Bridges: An Interview with Thomas Monckton
Read Time: 7 mins
Rosabel Tan chats to Thomas Monckton about clowning...
Theatre
Building Invisible Bridges: An Interview with Thomas Monckton
By Rosabel Tan
Review: This is Our Youth
Read Time: 8 mins
Sam Brooks reviews This Is Our Youth at The Basement...
Theatre
Review: This is Our Youth
By Sam Brooks