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
Loose Canons: Sophie Roberts
Read Time: 7 mins
Sophie Roberts, Artistic Director at Silo Theatre...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Sophie Roberts
By Sophie Roberts
A Letter from Bombay, or Mumbai: On the Troubles of Renaming as a Decolonial Act
Read Time: 29 mins
What's in a name? The history of a place, its present...
Art
A Letter from Bombay, or Mumbai: On the Troubles of Renaming as a Decolonial Act
By Balamohan Shingade
Loose Canons: Isobel MacKinnon
Read Time: 7 mins
Ahead of her and Meg Rollandi's 2018 STAB Commission...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Isobel MacKinnon
By Isobel MacKinnon
Playing The Meg Ryan Role: A Review of Bad Mood
Read Time: 7 mins
New Volumes critic Rachael Longshaw-Park reviews Bad...
Theatre
Playing The Meg Ryan Role: A Review of Bad Mood
By Rachael Longshaw-Park
Hard Shell, Soft Belly: A Review of Such Stuff As Dreams
Read Time: 8 mins
Rewritten and remounted after a season at Te Pou earlier...
Theatre
Hard Shell, Soft Belly: A Review of Such Stuff As Dreams
By India Essuah
Documenting a Struggle: On Merata Mita
Read Time: 10 mins
Brannavan Gnanalingam on the enduring legacy of Merata...
Screen
Documenting a Struggle: On Merata Mita
By Brannavan Gnanalingam
Loose Canons: Adam Rohe
Read Time: 8 mins
Director and performer Adam Rohe, most recently seen...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Adam Rohe
By Adam Rohe
The Pantograph Punch x Auckland Arts Festival 2019
Read Time: 19 mins
Announcing our talks programme for Auckland Arts Festival...
News
The Pantograph Punch x Auckland Arts Festival 2019
By Pantograph Punch