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
Pantograph Picks: Auckland Writers Festival 2015
Read Time: 9 mins
Our top picks for the Auckland Writers Festival 2015...
Literature
Pantograph Picks: Auckland Writers Festival 2015
By Pantograph Punch
Disappropriation: Cripping Up, Winning Big
Read Time: 19 mins
Kirsti Whalen on the representation of disability...
Screen
Disappropriation: Cripping Up, Winning Big
By Kirsti Whalen
Review: The Book of Everything
Read Time: 3 mins
Joseph Harper on Silo Theatre's The Book of Everything...
Theatre
Review: The Book of Everything
By Joseph Harper
When do We Get to Speak?
Read Time: 11 mins
Mohamed Hassan on the need for more Muslim voices...
Society
When do We Get to Speak?
By Mohamed Hassan
The Profound Sadness of the Viral Proposal Video
Read Time: 5 mins
Matt Harnett on the inauthenticity and sadness of...
Society
The Profound Sadness of the Viral Proposal Video
By Matt Harnett
On The Book of Everything
Read Time: 9 mins
Sam Brooks on The Book of Everything, Silo Theatre...
Theatre
On The Book of Everything
By Sam Brooks
The Archetype of the Best Actress and the Problem with Hollywood
Read Time: 13 mins
Sam Brooks on how the Best Actress award still puts...
Screen
The Archetype of the Best Actress and the Problem with Hollywood
By Sam Brooks
Review: Break Up (We Need To Talk)
Read Time: 4 mins
Hamish Parkinson reviews Binge Culture's Break Up (...
Theatre
Review: Break Up (We Need To Talk)
By Hamish Parkinson