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Back on the Boards celebrates Auckland Theatre Company’s return to the stage with three great theatre productions playing at ASB Waterfront Theatre, 9-20 September.

Celebrating the return of live theatre!  Our return to ASB Waterfront Theatre stage features remounts of the beloved and award winning Still Life With Chickens, a show that steals hearts wherever it is performed around the world, and the highly acclaimed play Black Lover the premiere season of which sold out during the 2020 Auckland Arts Festival but was cut short by the global pandemic. The festival also features 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.

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.

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ABOUT STILL LIFE WITH CHICKENS

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.]

ABOUT BLACK LOVER

Award-winning playwright Stanley Makuwe brings us a gripping drama about war, politics and colonialism.

“We must make it possible for every individual to lead the good life, to win a place in the sun.” – Sir Garfield Todd

Expat New Zealander Sir Garfield Todd said these words in his final speech as Prime Minister of Rhodesia in 1958. Ousted from politics for being a “black lover”, Todd’s ongoing fight for racial equality led to his house arrest in 1965, the starting point for Makuwe’s story.

Compelling and reflective, Black Lover explores the courage to stand against injustice in a nation experiencing deep racial divides.

ABOUT 48 NIGHTS ON HOPE STREET

Holed up on Hope Street during lockdown, five flatmates while away the time telling tall tales every night… for 48 Nights.

Inspired by the spirit of Giovanni Bocaccio’s The Decameron, the storytelling epic written in the 14th century as the Plague was sweeping through Europe, ATC brings together five of Aotearoa’s most exciting young writers and a diverse company of actors and musicians to create a direct theatrical response to this moment.

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Seated on the ASB Waterfront stage, the audience will get to experience a wild night of storytelling, song and music up close and personal in a cosy living room style setting. Join us for this rare onstage opportunity and help celebrate the power and joy of live theatre.

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