Rosabel Tan

Mema Poari | Board Member

Rosabel is the founding editor of The Pantograph Punch. She holds an MA with distinction in Creative Writing and Psychology and was an inaugural recipient of the Lancewood / Horoeka Reading Grant. Her writing has been published in SportHue & Cry, 1972, Metro and The Spinoff. Elsewhere, she leads audience development projects with galleries and performing arts companies, and is the producer of Satellites, a series of events and encounters showcasing some of the most exciting contemporary Asian artists in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Everything By: Rosabel Tan


Spirit House meditates on the nature of art and the ghosts that feed it, but its mystery lacks an emotional core. And why is it even set in Thailand?


Lee Mingwei on Creating Acts of Kindness

Rosabel Tan talks to Lee Mingwei about forging connections between strangers and the stories behind his works.


The Pantograph Punch relaunches

Rosabel steps down as editor (but refuses to leave completely) and welcomes the Pantograph Punch's dreamy new team, including Editor-in-Chief Janet McAllister and editors and writers Lana Lopesi, Sarah Jane Barnett, Hera Lindsay Bird, Alex Taylor and Kate Prior.


Ferocious, sharp and unapologetic, Boys Will Be Boys lays bare the toxic effects of corporate misogyny and asks its audience: are we okay with this?


Checking the Box

Andrew Gunn on mania, mental health, and his solo show, Potato Stamp Megalomaniac.


Anarchy at the Opera

Opera has long been associated with pearls and fur, but a small Auckland company are giving it an unexpected alternative life.


Hudson & Halls, Histories Intertwined

As part of Silo Theatre's world premiere season of 'Hudson & Halls Live!', we look back on the lives of Peter Hudson and David Halls, two iconic TV personalities from the 80s whose lives were inextricably intertwined.


More than simply a celebration of Auckland's past and present, Taku Tāmaki is a nod to the future: of this city, and the Museum itself. Simon Gould and Finn McCahon-Jones take us through the exhibition.


Don't Make Fun of Me, But -

On Declan Greene's Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography and the death of the online confessional


From the Cutting Room Floor: Fallout

We chat to the cast and crew of Fallout about their process of reshaping a six-year old, never-before performed script, Where Were You.


Landmarks and Features: Henrietta Harris

We chat to New Zealand artist Henrietta Harris about The Hum, murder mysteries, and how she makes a living.


Rosabel Tan chats to Thomas Monckton about clowning, silence, and what the country needs.

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Rosabel Tan reports back from Armageddon's Ice-Cream Eating Competition


Review: Wine Lips

Wine Lips captures with humour and warmth the exquisite, static torture of the quarter-life crisis


The Pantograph Punch Presents: Poetry Posters

Two poetry posters for you to enjoy: Bats by Ashleigh Young and Ways of Making Love by Hera Lindsay Bird.


Review: Terror Highway

Terror Highway is a fun and electric exploitation film for the stage, told entirely in dance.


Review: MAMIL

MAMIL is a one-dimensional tale of non-redemption that trades in tired racial stereotypes for laughs.


A Brief History of Silo Theatre

Silo Theatre is renowned for it's slick, sexy, contemporary shows, but this wasn't always the case. We take a look back at the thirteen years Shane Bosher spent building the company from ground up.


Guy Montgomery on The Most Fun Thing He Can Do

We chat to this year's Billy T Award winner, Guy Montgomery about stand-up, vulnerability, and why he does what he does.


Review: Shadowland

Shadowland showcases some incredible skill but lacks the necessary narrative to keep you interested.


Ollie is a Martian is a wonderfully silly and unexpectedly poignant one-man show, devised by Oliver Cox and his uncle (and performer extraordinaire) Barnie Duncan. Ahead of their opening, Rosabel Tan chats to them about clown school, being an alien, and giant moas.


Review: James Acaster - Recognise!

James Acaster presents a deadpan set that's at once startlingly complex in its formation and an utter delight to behold.


Why You Shouldn't Ever Review Good Stand-up

Is reviewing a great stand-up comedy gig the most pointless way to spend an evening? Rosabel Tan finds out.


Review: Snort with Friends

Showcasing the greatest comedic talent in this city, Snort is exhilarating and immensely satisfying longform improv.


Review: My Bed My Universe

Massive Company's My Bed My Universe is a multimedia collaboration that feels like a missed opportunity.


Review: Angels in America

Marking the end of Shane Bosher's time at Silo Theatre, Angels in America is an epic, sprawling, spectacular event.


Review: Daffodils

Dark, beautiful and complex, Daffodils weaves a personal story into half a century of New Zealand music to create a stunningly cohesive portrait of our nation.


Review: Sea

Red Leap Theatre’s newest show, Sea, is visually stunning but lacks narrative cohesion and emotional depth.


These are our newsrooms at their most self-destructive and cruel. With the latest iteration of Live of Six playing this week in Auckland, we talk to co-writer Leon Wadham about the show and how it's changed since its inception four years ago.


Ahead of the launch of her debut collection, One Human in Height, Rachel O'Neill talks about poetry, reviewing and being an influence-hedonist.


Classical music: there's never been so misleading a term. Rosabel chats to New Zealand composer Alex Taylor about his practice and the path that's led him there.


Ahead of their debut film Fantail premiering at the New Zealand International Film Festival, Sophie Henderson and Curtis Vowell talk about the experience of making it, the shift from theatre, and the discovery of family secrets.


They call it the play nobody's allowed to talk about - with good reason. On the back of Silo Theatre's recent season of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, Rosabel talks to Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour about his work, his freedoms and the importance of pizza.


When you're writing a novel about your life, how do you choose what's worth retelling? Rosabel Tan talks to Aorewa McLeod about her book, her brother, and the relationship between memory and fiction.


Rosabel Tan talks to Michelle Ang and Jo Holsted about their new play Chop/Stick, the thorny issue of ethnicity and the lunches they ate as children.


Pip Adam: 2011 winner of the Best First Book Award for Fiction, and now officially one of the New Generation. We talk to her about winning the award, her influences, and the story she holds dearest to her heart.


It had all the makings of a bad end: three unlikely friends brought together by circumstance, a little-known institute investigating unorthodox memory transplantation techniques, and an email that warned “cell phones rarely work out here.” Rosabel Tan reports.


Those Smaller Reverberations: Fictional Meals

Novels can sometimes have a profound impact, while other times their effects are smaller in nature. We look at some of the culinary influences fiction has had, from The Sideways Effect to Dinah Fried's gorgeous recreations of fictional meals - outcomes that are certainly more delicious than a heartfelt cry with a book clutched to your chest.


In 2003, Duncan Greive wrote a damning review of Opensouls which resulted in "The Critic", a song that passionately slates him and asks, “What’s with all the criticism?” Nine years on, Chip Matthews and The Critic himself discuss the review, the song, and how they feel about it now.


Love Letters to the Critic I

With paid critics threatening to go the way of the Haast's, here are a few reasons why you should care.

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Tweets as Fiction: Black Box by Jennifer Egan

Why Jennifer Egan is more exciting than Frowny Franzen will ever be.

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April Reading

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A Visit To The Online World Of Flesh-Eaters

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The Social Network: The Screenplay

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Ten Articles That Defined My Year


Man After Man: An Anthropology of the Future

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Hell is Empty and All The Devils are Here

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Here's the Situation

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Aurora Borealis FOR EVERYONE!!!1


James Franco and The Absurd

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Escape Da Cakes: Rambo

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The Secret History


69 Love Songs, Illustrated

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Pseudointellectual Chutzpah


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