Express talks to notable members of our LGBTQ+ community to find out how they are doing in Level 4 Lockdown and hear their tips for maintaining mental health in self-isolation. First up, renowned playwright Victor Rodger.

Auckland playwright Victor Rodger (Black Faggot, Girl On A Corner) chose to extend a South Island holiday for Lockdown. His bubble is bursting with books, beach walks and family-time; the only thing he is his barber! 

Tell us about your Level 4 Lockdown – where are you and who is in your bubble?


I flew down from Wellington to Christchurch for my mother’s birthday. My sister was meant to fly down from Auckland, too, and the whole fam was supposed to head to Kaikoura. Instead, I’ve ended up spending lockdown with mum, my stepfather and my younger brother.

What are your top tips for express readers who are struggling with self-isolation?

Move. Mum and I walk along the beach every morning.

What is the most positive aspect of self-isolation you’ve experienced so far?

It’s actually getting this time with mum. I spent the last lockdown down here with her as well. 

What plans do you have until lockdown finishes?

Luckily I still have lots of books here in Christchurch so I’ll be reading up a storm. Currently loving Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K Riley.

What are you missing most about ‘normal life’?

Haircuts from my man Ants at Cold Classics Barbershop.

What will be the first thing that you can’t wait to do when regular life resumes?

Get a haircut from my man Ants at Cold Classics Barbershop.

Is there a closing message you would like to share with our gorgeous LGBTQ+ community?

Fa’a malosi! (Be strong).