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
Oscar Week: Apt Pupil
Read Time: 9 mins
Joe Nunweek on Whiplash's cinema of unease
Screen
Oscar Week: Apt Pupil
By Joe Nunweek
Review: Risk & Win
Read Time: 4 mins
Jose Barbosa on Theatre of Love's new interactive...
Theatre
Review: Risk & Win
By Jose Barbosa
Oscar Week: Trojan Brioche
Read Time: 7 mins
Janet McAllister on Grand Budapest Hotel and how it...
Screen
Oscar Week: Trojan Brioche
By Janet McAllister
Between the Lines: I Don't Mind
Read Time: 6 mins
Quail State songwriter Jono Aidney takes us through...
Music
Between the Lines: I Don't Mind
By Jono Aidney
Cosplay: Craft and Consent
Read Time: 8 mins
On craft and consent in cosplay
Society
Cosplay: Craft and Consent
By Pantograph Punch
Review: Girl on a Corner
Read Time: 5 mins
Sam Brooks reviews Girl on a Corner by Victor Rodger...
Theatre
Review: Girl on a Corner
By Sam Brooks
Fences
Read Time: 5 mins
David Fane on when the fences went up.
Theatre
Fences
By David Fane
The Lives Of Others: Serial, There and Here
Read Time: 23 mins
Saziah Bashir and Diane White on Serial
Society
The Lives Of Others: Serial, There and Here
By Saziah Bashir & Diane White