This show has a crazy premise, involving a woman who develops a relationship with a chicken who somehow teaches her life lessons. Renowned New Zealand/Samoan actress Goretti Chadwick (Mama) features in the Kiwi award-winning show, Still Life With Chickens, making its one Australian stop at the Riverside Theatre.
From Auckland Theatre Company, Still Life With Chickens employs the talents of Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson as the puppeteer representing the chicken in Mama’s garden. Mama is a little lonely, her children have left the coop, and her unusual relationship with the chicken explores ideas of family ties and the importance of tradition.
The production is part of Riverside Theatre’s commitment to showcasing works from New Zealand: the cast, playwright (D.F. Mamea) and director (Fasitua Amosa) are all prominent in the New Zealand performing arts, stage and screen.
Clucking wisdom? Well, why not? A reprobate chicken has a certain appeal.
Until Aug 10. Riverside Theatre, Cnr Church & Market Streets, Parramatta. $37-$49+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.riversideparramatta.com.au
By Olga Azar