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Joyous award-winning play tours the South

Presented by PANNZ, an Auckland Theatre Company production supported by Creative New Zealand
Written by D.F. Mamea, Directed by Fasitua Amosa
Performed by Goretti Chadwick and Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson

One of the most heart-warming stories to have come out of New Zealand in recent years, Still Life With Chickens, is set to enchant audiences in three South Island centres – playing in Dunedin (Mar 26-28), Oamaru (Apr 2-3), and Wanaka (Apr 5).

An intimate and touching story about the reluctant relationship between a Samoan empty-nester and an uninvited chicken that strays into her vege patch, this stunning snapshot into the life of one woman is a humorous reflection on life, love, loss and loneliness.

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.

The celebrated local production picked up the 2017 ‘Adam’ play award, New Zealand’s most prestigious writing award for theatre, before winning the Wellington Theatre award for ‘Outstanding New NZ Play’ in 2018. Goretti Chadwick’s delightful performance as Mama earned her ‘The Campion Accolade for Outstanding Performance’ (Wellington Theatre Awards) and the ‘Excellence Award for Performance’ (Auckland Theatre Awards 2018) that same year. Still Life With Chickens premiered at the Auckland Arts Festival as part of Auckland Theatre Company’s 2017 season.

Inspired by the spirit and character of his own mother, as well as mums across the country, Still Life With Chickens was written by acclaimed playwright D.F. Mamea (Goodbye My Feleni), with his work spanning film, television, radio and theatre projects in genres ranging from sci-fi to soap, comedy to horror and documentary to drama. Directed by renowned actor Fasitua Amosa (Lysistrata, Dirty Laundry), who has also directed the critically acclaimed The Mountaintop, this one-woman-show is grounded by the outstanding work of Chadwick (Pani and Pani, Sione’s Wedding) with her joyous sense of humour and genuine passion that brings Mama to life. Her charm radiates in the sweet and simple production, sharing the stage with a gorgeous chicken puppet specially designed for the production by Arts Laureate John Parker (Red Speedo, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Chicago) operated expertly by the talented Haanz Fa'avae-Jackson.

With performances already selling out, don’t miss your chance to see Still Life With Chickens.

“Still Life with Chickens is a masterfully crafted piece of sublime simplicity that captures the heart of our humanity.” – Broadway World (Monica Moore)

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

Still Life With Chickens plays:

Mayfair Theatre, 26-28 March.
Book via Eventfinda (as part of Dunedin Fringe)

Oamaru Opera House, 2-3 April.
Tickets still available for April 3, book via TicketDirect

Lake Wanaka Centre, 5 April, two shows.
Book via Festival of Colour

Recommended for ages 10+; Duration: 50 mins (no interval).
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