Dentons Kensington Swan presents Back on the Boards

Still Life with Chickens

By D.F. Mamea

3 SEP - 13 SEP 2020 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


1 hour with no interval


Suitable for years ten and up.

Tickets to Still Life with Chickens are now back on sale. The Back on the Boards festival will go ahead from Sept 9-20.  ASB Waterfront Theatre will strictly adhere to all government advice for Auckland's level 2 event mass gathering restrictions which includes separate defined spaces of up to 100 and social distancing. We ask all ticket holders to read their pre-show email instructions carefully before arriving at the theatre. 

The government has recently specified in more detail how venues must comply with Level 2 restrictions in Auckland. We have found a solution that allows us to continue with the remainder of the festival. All ticket holders have be contacted directly and advised of new seating arrangements.

If you have any queries about mass gathering restrictions for public events please check the ministry of health website here.

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.

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


Dentons Kensington Swan presents Back on the Boards, celebrating the return of live theatre.

Auckland Theatre Company’s return to ASB Waterfront Theatre stage will feature a remount of the beloved and award winning Still Life With Chickens by D.F. Mamea, a show that steals hearts wherever it is performed around the world.  The highly acclaimed play Black Lover by Stanley Makuwe, the premiere season of which sold out during the 2020 Auckland Arts Festival but was cut short by the global pandemic, will also be remounted. Back on the Boards also features a brand new work 48 Nights on Hope Street, a direct and exciting response to this time from a diverse company of young writers, actors and musicians.

Three brilliant New Zealand works celebrate good people, profound relationships and what it means to be human. Come and see one, two or all three shows to once again enjoy a stellar night out at the theatre.



Adult $37

Senior 65+ $34

Concession/30 Under 30 $30

Adult Two-Show Pass $65

Adult Three-Show Pass $87

Senior 65+ Two-Show Pass $60

Senior 65+ Three-Show Pass $81

Concession/30 Under 30 Two-Show Pass $50

Concession/30 Under 30 Three-Show Pass $66

Festival Passes

Book a Two-Show Pass or a Three-Show Pass to the Back on the Boards festival to save money on tickets and fully experience the return of live theatre.

Book Two-Show Pass


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

Show programme