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
Chilly Romance: A Review of No Science To Goodbye
Read Time: 6 mins
Adam Goodall reviews Annabel Wilson’s No Science To...
Theatre
Chilly Romance: A Review of No Science To Goodbye
By Adam Goodall
Under the Sheets: A Review of Paying For It - An Insider's Guide to the New Zealand Sex Industry, Volume II
Read Time: 7 mins
Shannon Friday reviews an unconventional and deeply...
Theatre
Under the Sheets: A Review of Paying For It - An Insider's Guide to the New Zealand Sex Industry, Volume II
By Shannon Friday
Miniature Dreamscapes: A Review of Peter and the Wolf
Read Time: 4 mins
Silo Theatre's latest production sets Prokofiev's...
Theatre
Miniature Dreamscapes: A Review of Peter and the Wolf
By Madeleine De Young
Playing it Safe: How We Use Trigger Warnings in Theatre in Aotearoa
Read Time: 14 mins
Catherine Hart steps back from the overwhelming online...
Theatre
Playing it Safe: How We Use Trigger Warnings in Theatre in Aotearoa
By Catherine Hart
Pantograph Picks: Going West Books and Writers Festival 2017
Read Time: 5 mins
Books Editor Sarah Jane Barnett gives you her top...
Literature
Pantograph Picks: Going West Books and Writers Festival 2017
By Sarah Jane Barnett
Cool Kids: A Review of I, Will Jones
Read Time: 7 mins
Mia Gaudin reviews Eamonn Marra's I, Will Jones –...
Theatre
Cool Kids: A Review of I, Will Jones
By Mia Gaudin
Perm and Set: A Review of Steel Magnolias
Read Time: 5 mins
Erin Harrington heads to the 80s Louisiana weepie...
Theatre
Perm and Set: A Review of Steel Magnolias
By Erin Harrington
Loose Canons: Melissa Laing
Read Time: 9 mins
Auckland Fringe artist Melissa Laing is taking audience...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Melissa Laing
By Melissa Laing