Still Life with Chickens


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. Still Life with Chickens received development assistance from Playmarket and Auckland Theatre Company. Book your tickets at

Contact Details & Additional Info

Physical Address

70 Albion Street, Hawera, South Taranaki




All Ages


Thu 22 Aug, 7:00 p.m.

Hawera Memorial Theatre, Hawera, South Taranaki

Make a Booking

Load more dates

Book this event

Share this Listing