Still Life with Chickens

By D.F. Mamea

8 MAR - 24 MAR 2018 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company


1 hour with no interval



ngere Arts Centre: 8 - 14 March 2018

ASB Cube, ASB Waterfront Theatre: 17 - 24 March 2018 BOOK

Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North: 7 - 15 April 2018 BOOK

Circa Theatre, Wellington: 8 May - 2 June 2018 BOOK


Some friendships are just clucking surprising!

When Mama discovers a mischievous chicken invading her flourishing veggie garden her first instinct is to reach for the spade. But what starts out as a skirmish over the silverbeet develops into an unlikely friendship.

Award-winning playwright D.F. 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 in the role of a lifetime, as she brings this glorious character to life.

An intimate, heart-warming, and funny play about friendship, loss, love and life.

“E, leai, I’m not doing an encore. I’m an old woman, you stupid chicken. The last time I sang and danced like that… oi, ‘ta fia ola e. My wedding day. I was so young and beautiful, and so was Papa.”

D.F. Mamea has worked on film, television, radio and theatre projects in genres ranging from sci-fi to soap, comedy to horror and documentary to drama. His play Kingswood was work-shopped by Auckland Theatre Company in 2016, and Goodbye My Feleni was produced throughout New Zealand in 2013. Still Life with Chickens won the Adam NZ play award (2017) and the Playmarket Best Play by a Pasifika Playwright (2017).

Still Life with Chickens was developed with the support of Auckland Theatre Company.

Suitable for years ten and up.

Community Outreach Partner ASB




Māngere Arts Centre

8 - 14 March

Māngere Arts Centre is situated at the Corner of Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, Mangere.

Plenty of free parking is available at the venue. Please do not leave valuables in your car as there is no car park security.

The Community Café will be open before the show if you would like to purchase snacks and beverages.


17 - 24 March

Entrance to ASB CUBE is via the bridge on level 2 of the ASB Waterfront Theatre, ushers will be available to guide you.

Parking is available for $8 at the Hamer Street Carpark, you must pre-book to park here, click here to secure your park.

Pre-show dining is available 2 hours before evening performances at Halsey St Kitchen. Booking for pre-show dining is recommended, find out more information here.

Show Programme


Still Life With Chickens is a masterfully crafted piece of sublime simplicity that captures the heart of our humanity.
Mamea's writing is lyrical and insightful and his portrayal of Mama is both familiar and touching.
NZ Herald
A play that promises the audience laughter, but surprises by moving them too.
Still Life with Chickens is a wonderful, rich, tragi-comedy. It is beautiful, heart-warming and moving.
Still Life With Chickens leaves you wanting more, presenting empathetic and highly theatrical storytelling that is both culturally specific and widely relevant.
The Theatre Times

Special Event

Backstage Story

Monday 26 Feb, 6:30pm

Meet the play’s cast and creative team to find out how they are approaching the show. Presented at ATC Studios, 487 Dominion Road.

Find out more