In Defense of Gay Villainy
“Don’t you just wanna go apeshit?” Many games provide players with a baked-in morality systems. Martin asks players to throw those virtual social obligations in the garbage can. Bad is Sexy.
To Be Queer in the Aotearoa Summer
“Rather than rural spaces being intrinsically homophobic, I think that there are inaccurate assumptions of queer folk present”. Inspired by the lived experience of queer people, Mik writes about how looking queer impacts experience of place in regional New Zealand.
A piece by Dani Yourukova in which a dungeon-crawling, adventure game is also secretly about the relationship between value and time, the evils of capitalism, and the financial precarity that comes with being a working artist.
The Long History of Trans Activism in Aotearoa New Zealand
The protests held to oppose notorious anti-trans activist Posie Parker’s speaking tour are the latest in a long and proud history of trans activism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Historian Will Hansen takes a look back at this past, tracking trans communities’ records of defiance as generations of trans people have worked together to demand change.
Black Creatives Aotearoa Playwrights’ Lab
Eight plays, four directors and 14 actors. The Black Creatives Aotearoa Playwrights’ Lab Showcase overflowed with talent and potential. Tate Fountain reports on the day’s events.
~spooky vampire film history~
Why are vampires so sexy and why are they in all my TV shows, web series and films? Emma takes a look at a brief history of these fanged folk on screen.
Soul Sister — A Live Script Reading
This one’s for the queer Filipino-Kiwis out there just trying to see themselves! Aotearoa theatre may be on the up-and-up with LGBTQ+ stories but that intersectionality and representation is vital. That’s what’s so exciting about Caryl Loria Illana’s ‘Soul Sister’. Ari Banog went to check out the live script reading at BATS Theatre for us.
Out of the Ashes
On Thursday 15 September, queer folks converged at the National Library to celebrate 30 years of resistance with LAGANZ, and enjoy the launch of the latest issue of The Archive is Alive zine. Erin Ramsay writes of their experience of the evening.
Beyond the Proscenium Arch
On an unassuming winter night in Tāmaki, Alex de Vries finds himself in a former local board office in Morningside to experience a reading of ‘Leaning Left’ by Sam Brooks. He left hopeful of local theatre’s ability to embrace flexibility in a volatile mid-COVID world.
The GREATEST Drag Show on Earth
The show must go on! And The GREATEST Drag Show on Earth, despite COVID-19 getting in the way, found a way to go on!