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
Circling The Drain: Sexist Loos, Unequal Spaces
Read Time: 14 mins
Soong Phoon on gendered spaces.
Society
Circling The Drain: Sexist Loos, Unequal Spaces
By Soong Phoon
Review: Hauraki Horror
Read Time: 3 mins
Theatre
Review: Hauraki Horror
By Joseph Harper
Review: Sheep
Read Time: 3 mins
The Actors' Program's production of Sheep struggles...
Theatre
Review: Sheep
By Joseph Harper
Reality?: "Election Billboards", Gone Girl and Playing Broken Systems
Read Time: 17 mins
Samuel Te Kani on what one billboard can tell us.
Screen
Reality?: "Election Billboards", Gone Girl and Playing Broken Systems
By Samuel Te Kani
Review: Famous Flora
Read Time: 6 mins
Famous Flora is a missed opportunity to explore the...
Theatre
Review: Famous Flora
By Jess Bates
Hanging on to the Edge of the World
Read Time: 23 mins
Claire Duncan and Jenna Todd travel to Barrytown,...
Society
Hanging on to the Edge of the World
By Claire Duncan
A New Partnership with Silo Theatre
Read Time: 3 mins
Announcing our 2015 partnership with Silo Theatre
News
A New Partnership with Silo Theatre
By Pantograph Punch
Three Boys
Read Time: 20 mins
Joe Nunweek on school expulsions
Society
Three Boys
By Joe Nunweek