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: Tallulah Holly-Massey
Read Time: 5 mins
Basement Theatre artist-in-residence Tallulah Holly...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Tallulah Holly-Massey
By Tallulah Holly-Massey
Borders, Divisions and the Space Between: Three Writers on Borders
Read Time: 20 mins
Fair Borders? editor David Hall talks about borders...
Literature
Borders, Divisions and the Space Between: Three Writers on Borders
By David Hall
Whakanuia: 14 Films Worth Celebrating at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival
Read Time: 16 mins
A selection of films we think are worth celebrating...
Screen
Whakanuia: 14 Films Worth Celebrating at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival
By Pantograph Punch
The Future of Cinema: The Film Festival at 50
Read Time: 14 mins
Nearing the start of the New Zealand International...
Screen
The Future of Cinema: The Film Festival at 50
By Doug Dillaman
Back to the Future: Spaceships, Tōtara, and the Christchurch Performing Arts Precinct
Read Time: 13 mins
Triumph or monopoly? Erin Harrington on Christchurch...
Theatre
Back to the Future: Spaceships, Tōtara, and the Christchurch Performing Arts Precinct
By Erin Harrington
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in July
Read Time: 10 mins
A monthly round-up of notable, controversial and unmissable...
Art
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in July
By Pantograph Punch
Loose Canons: Cassandra Tse
Read Time: 7 mins
Writer, director and musical fanatic Cassandra Tse...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Cassandra Tse
By Cassandra Tse
Announcing New Volumes: Our 2018-19 Critics in Residence Programme
Read Time: 2 mins
Our Critics in Residence Programme for 2018-19, presented...
Theatre
Announcing New Volumes: Our 2018-19 Critics in Residence Programme
By Pantograph Punch