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
A Library is More Than Books: On the Proposed Closure of the Elam Fine Arts Library
Read Time: 28 mins
The library does not simply house a collection – it...
Art
A Library is More Than Books: On the Proposed Closure of the Elam Fine Arts Library
By Rachel Ashby and Vanessa Crofskey
From the Margins to the Mainstream: Pacific Sisters at Te Papa
Read Time: 25 mins
Ioana Gordon-Smith on the significance and celebration...
Art
From the Margins to the Mainstream: Pacific Sisters at Te Papa
By Ioana Gordon-Smith
Loose Canons: Jane Yonge
Read Time: 5 mins
Theatre director Jane Yonge lets us in on five inspirations...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Jane Yonge
By Jane Yonge
To Care and Be Cared For
Read Time: 14 mins
On the myth of passionate work and the imperative...
Art
To Care and Be Cared For
By Lucinda Bennett
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in April
Read Time: 10 mins
A monthly round-up of notable, controversial and unmissable...
Art
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in April
By Pantograph Punch
So, You Want to be the “Largest Polynesian City in the World”?
Read Time: 12 mins
We’re not your interesting cousins you get to pull...
Society
So, You Want to be the “Largest Polynesian City in the World”?
By Lana Lopesi
ATTACK THE BLOCK
Read Time: 9 mins
Talks, workshops and cheat codes with arts collective...
The Pantograph Punch and FAFSWAG presents
ATTACK THE BLOCK
By FAFSWAG
Kōiwi Pāmamao – The Distance in our Bones
Read Time: 22 mins
When a poem uses both te reo Māori and English, references...
Literature
Kōiwi Pāmamao – The Distance in our Bones
By Anahera Gildea