Writer – D.F. Mamea

Director – Fasitua Amosa

Production Design – John Parker

Lighting Design – Marcus McShane

Sound Design – Khalid Parkar

Cast – Goretti Chadwick and Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson

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Engaging & moving pacific story

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

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

Award-winning playwright D.F. Mamea’s slice-of-life story paints a vivid portrait of a local neighbourhood, it’s 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.

An absolutely delightful, heart-warming, and surprisingly moving story about a Samoan woman’s relationship with a stray hen. The production features a marvellously entertaining central performance from Goretti Chadwick, and a gloriously puppeteered chicken.

Available to Tour



Theatre, Drama


Suitable for audiences 10+


50 minutes

Minimum Stage


Previous Seasons

Circa, Wellington, 2018 (20 performances)

Dunedin Fringe, 2019 (3 performances)

Technical Specifications

What people are saying

Still Life with Chickens is a masterfully crafted piece of sublime simplicity that captures the heart of our humanity.” Broadway World

“Mamea’s writing is lyrical and insightful and his portrayal of Mama is both familiar and touching.” New Zealand Herald

Still Life with Chickens, although only an hour long, packs a punch of all things relevant to human existence.” Tearaway NZ

Key Audience

This prize-winning work is a beautiful, beguiling and very funny story about families, loneliness and how some friendships are just clucking surprising!

As a story about a Samoan woman and her connection to life and loss in her later years, this production is particularly suited to women aged 34-65+.

As a story rooted in Samoan and Pacific cultures, local pacific communities and media will be interested to see one of their own stories on local stages.

The themes will resonate especially with those who enjoy stories from Pacific island cultures, women, and families.


Winner of the Adam Play Award 2017

Outstanding new NZ Play
Wellington Theatre awards 2018

The Campion Accolade for Outstanding Performance
Goretti Chadwick
Wellington Theatre Awards 2018

Excellence Award for Performance
Goretti Chadwick
Auckland Theatre Awards 2018

Community Engagement

We would be very open to further conversations about potential community engagement activities and how we can engage especially with First Nations, Pacific Islander and Melanesian communities during the tour, pre & or post-performance, especially local Samoan communities.

The cast and puppeteer will also be available for workshops and masterclasses throughout the tour.