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
On Being Skux
Read Time: 11 mins
A nostalgic recap of a national subculture.
Society
On Being Skux
By Tayi Tibble
"Oh you foolish little Zionists"
Read Time: 18 mins
Justine Sachs on the cruelty and inhumanity of Zionism...
Society
"Oh you foolish little Zionists"
By Justine Sachs
Books to Look Out for in 2019
Read Time: 14 mins
Forthcoming New Zealand poetry, fiction and non-fiction...
Literature
Books to Look Out for in 2019
By Hannah Newport-Watson
Make Me Laugh
Read Time: 15 mins
A new generation of theatremakers is turning to stand...
Theatre
Make Me Laugh
By Annabella Gamboni
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
Read Time: 36 mins
From millennial writers to the most successful playwright...
Theatre
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
By Adam Goodall
Picking at the Surface
Read Time: 13 mins
Vanessa Crofskey on compulsive grooming, beauty and...
Society
Picking at the Surface
By Vanessa Crofskey
Loose Canons: Shane Bosher
Read Time: 10 mins
Former Artistic Director of Silo Theatre and general...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Shane Bosher
By Shane Bosher