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
The Great Indifferent Censor
Read Time: 5 mins
Let's not mistake content moderation for moral reasoning...
Art
The Great Indifferent Censor
By Joe Nunweek
On the conditions and possibilities of New Zealand performance art taking New York by storm
Read Time: 12 mins
Kim Choe reports back from the New Zealand New Performance...
Theatre
On the conditions and possibilities of New Zealand performance art taking New York by storm
By Kim Choe
Orange Isn’t the New Black: Why we restrict prisoner voting rights
Read Time: 15 mins
Anna Whyte looks into why in New Zealand, unlike many...
Society
Orange Isn’t the New Black: Why we restrict prisoner voting rights
By Anna Whyte
The Redeemer of Lost Time
Read Time: 12 mins
Anthonie Tonnon's new album Successor pits baby-boomers...
Music
The Redeemer of Lost Time
By Hayden Donnell
Review: Ushers
Read Time: 4 mins
Sam Brooks reviews ect's Ushers
Theatre
Review: Ushers
By Sam Brooks
A Second Chance: Of Hearts and Hospitals
Read Time: 28 mins
Max Harris was 26 and enjoying a dream job working...
Society
A Second Chance: Of Hearts and Hospitals
By Max Harris
Review: This is My Real Job
Read Time: 4 mins
Rosabel Tan and Joseph Harper on Lara Fischel-Chisholm...
Theatre
Review: This is My Real Job
By Pantograph Punch
Words at White Night
Read Time: 3 mins
A group of poets respond to Auckland's night of art...
Literature
Words at White Night
By Pantograph Punch