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: Chye-Ling Huang
Read Time: 6 mins
Co-founder of Proudly Asian Theatre Company and writer...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Chye-Ling Huang
By Chye-Ling Huang
Loose Canons: Sonya Renee Taylor
Read Time: 5 mins
Ahead of her appearances at WORD Christchurch 2018...
Literature
Loose Canons: Sonya Renee Taylor
By Sonya Renee Taylor
Loose Canons: Alex Lodge
Read Time: 11 mins
Alex Lodge, co-writer of the upcoming Circa play Modern...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Alex Lodge
By Alex Lodge
Barry Brickell – A Wrerter’s Legacy
Read Time: 19 mins
Nadine Anne Hura on the legacies writers leave, on...
Art
Barry Brickell – A Wrerter’s Legacy
By Nadine Anne Hura
Whakanuia: 8 Events Worth Celebrating at WORD Christchurch Festival 2018
Read Time: 11 mins
A selection of events we think are worth celebrating...
Literature
Whakanuia: 8 Events Worth Celebrating at WORD Christchurch Festival 2018
By Pantograph Punch
Loose Canons: Michelle Aitken
Read Time: 6 mins
Ahead of her Basement Theatre debut Future's Eve,...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Michelle Aitken
By Michelle Aitken
Museums, Non-Neutrality and Writing Histories: An Interview with Sean Mallon
Read Time: 19 mins
Lana Lopesi talks to Sean Mallon about the responsibilities...
Art
Museums, Non-Neutrality and Writing Histories: An Interview with Sean Mallon
By Lana Lopesi
Artistic Agency in Public Agencies
Read Time: 24 mins
K. Emma Ng considers the possibilities and pressures...
Art
Artistic Agency in Public Agencies
By K. Emma Ng