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24 Aug 2019

Some friendships are just clucking surprising!

When Mama, an ageing Samoan woman, discovers a mischievous chicken invading her flourishing veggie plot, her first instinct is to reach for the spade – and the pot. But what starts out as a skirmish over the silverbeet develops into an unlikely friendship.

Award-winning playwright David Fa'auliuli Mamea’s slice-of-life story paints a vivid portrait of the local neighbourhood, its colourful characters, and Mama’s dreams for herself and her family.

Goretti Chadwick (Pani and Pani) gives a tour-de-force performance as she brings this glorious character to life beside feathered co-star Moa, masterfully puppeteered by Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson.

Winner of 2017's Adam NZ Play Award and Playmarket Best Play by a Pasifika Playwright, Still Life with Chickens is an intimate, heart-warming, and funny play about friendship, loss, love, and life. Suitable for audiences aged 10 to 110.

“… well-paced, nuanced and light, creating a perfect combination of humour and authenticity.” – NZ Herald

Suitable for ages 10+

Running time: 45 mins + Q&A

Premium $45.00
A Reserve $35.00
A Reserve Child $29.00 (16 years and under)
A Reserve Family $115.00 (2A + 2C)
Service fees apply



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Saturday 24 August, 7pm

Sunday 25 August, 11am