A play about a lonely octagenerian Samoan woman and her friendship with a chicken has won David Mamea the 2017 Adam NZ Play Award. Still Life with Chickens is David's third play and it also won him the Best Play by a Pasifika Writer category at the awards which were handed out yesterday. David's based in Whangarei and has worked in film, television, theatre and radio, across genres ranging from sci-fi, soap and horror, to drama. The Adam NZ Play Award recognises the best in new unproduced writing for the theatre - this marks its tenth year. The judges describe Still Life with Chickens as 'deceptively small scale and domestic to begin with, but it balloons into a bona fide full-on tragedy. Lynn Freeman catches up with David in Melbourne.