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
20 / 20: Four tales of Youthful Disaster
Read Time: 5 mins
To celebrate Silo Theatre's 20th birthday, we're presenting...
News
20 / 20: Four tales of Youthful Disaster
By Pantograph Punch
The Magical Mundane: A Review of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Read Time: 6 mins
Little Dog Barking Theatre Company adapts Mem Fox...
Theatre
The Magical Mundane: A Review of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
By Adam Goodall
Whakanuia: 5 Things Worth Celebrating at the 2018 Auckand Writers Festival
Read Time: 5 mins
With such a chocka programme, we picked our top Auckland...
Knockouts
Whakanuia: 5 Things Worth Celebrating at the 2018 Auckand Writers Festival
By Pantograph Punch
Where Is Land In My Body: An Interview with Santee Smith
Read Time: 13 mins
Santee Smith is the Founding Artistic Director of...
Theatre
Where Is Land In My Body: An Interview with Santee Smith
By Maraea Rakuraku
Feminine Mystique: A Review of Soft Tissue
Read Time: 8 mins
Ella Gilbert's solo show plays with ideas of constructed...
Theatre
Feminine Mystique: A Review of Soft Tissue
By Jess Bates
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
Interim
Read Time: 7 mins
Distracting you from our nation's political discomfort...
Literature
Interim
By Laura Borrowdale
Beyond This Horizon: An Oceanic Feeling
Read Time: 23 mins
Already a lover of cinema and the sea, Doug Dillaman...
Art
Beyond This Horizon: An Oceanic Feeling
By Doug Dillaman