Loose Canons: Malia Johnston
Picking at the Surface
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage

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Loose Canons is a series in which we invite artists we love to share five things that have informed their work. Meet the rest of our Loose Canons here.

Choreographer and performance director Malia Johnston is one of the founders of Movement Of The Human (MOTH). Malia has been working in the performance industry since 2000. She was awarded Director of the Year at the Wellington Theatre Awards 2018...

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....

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Loose Canons: Malia Johnston
Society
Picking at the Surface
Theatre
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
Loose Canons: Saraid Cameron
Read Time: 7 mins
Actor and theatremaker Saraid Cameron lets us in on...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Saraid Cameron
By Saraid Cameron
The Last Regional Theatre: Inside Centrepoint's Fight to Stay
Read Time: 22 mins
Baz Macdonald talks to the people fighting to keep...
Theatre
The Last Regional Theatre: Inside Centrepoint's Fight to Stay
By Baz Macdonald
Change of Fortunes: Lessons from the Death of a Theatre
Read Time: 41 mins
What's beyond the box office? Kate Prior analyses...
Theatre
Change of Fortunes: Lessons from the Death of a Theatre
By Kate Prior
The Wild West: The Challenges, Opportunities and Identity of our TV Industry
Read Time: 17 mins
How can we keep up in the Golden Age of ad-free streaming...
Screen
The Wild West: The Challenges, Opportunities and Identity of our TV Industry
By Baz Macdonald
Loose Canons: D.F. Mamea
Read Time: 6 mins
Playwright and screenwriter D.F. Mamea shares the...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: D.F. Mamea
By D.F. Mamea
Failing to Care: NZ's Public Health System and our Transgender Communities
Read Time: 22 mins
“If you’re basically afraid of the health system,...
Society
Failing to Care: NZ's Public Health System and our Transgender Communities
By Maria Yeonhee Ji
Loose Canons: Donna Brookbanks
Read Time: 5 mins
Billy T Award Nominee Donna Brookbanks tells us about...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Donna Brookbanks
By Donna Brookbanks
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in May
Read Time: 8 mins
A monthly round-up of notable, controversial and unmissable...
Art
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in May
By Pantograph Punch