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: 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
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
Read Time: 36 mins
From millennial writers to the most successful playwright...
Theatre
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
By Adam Goodall
Turning Back We Look Forward / To a Shimmering Space: On the Positive Nationalism of Dudley Benson
Read Time: 18 mins
Self serving myths and nationalism, Dan Kelly considers...
Music
Turning Back We Look Forward / To a Shimmering Space: On the Positive Nationalism of Dudley Benson
By Dan Kelly
Loose Canons: Donna Brookbanks
Read Time: 5 mins
Billy T Award Nominee Donna Brookbanks tells us about...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Donna Brookbanks
By Donna Brookbanks
Loose Canons: Rachel Marlow
Read Time: 8 mins
Prolific lighting designer Rachel Marlow shares the...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Rachel Marlow
By Rachel Marlow
Loose Canons: Lori Leigh
Read Time: 9 mins
Playwright, director, Shakespeare expert and improv...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Lori Leigh
By Lori Leigh
Loose Canons: Jason Te Kare
Read Time: 6 mins
Director and playwright Jason Te Kare shares his inspirations...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Jason Te Kare
By Jason Te Kare
Loose Canons: Sophie Roberts
Read Time: 7 mins
Sophie Roberts, Artistic Director at Silo Theatre...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Sophie Roberts
By Sophie Roberts