October 2015 – January 2016
Coney were commissioned by Chester Zoo to make a piece which people could play over a 3-course dinner, about the impact of systems of palm oil production on the orang-utan, and the need to promote sustainable oil. The commission was part of their Act For Wildlife Campaign.
We made a game-show: a game in three courses served to the audience by performer-faclitators from* Chester Zoo. Each course of the game put the audience in a different role in the system of palm oil production – a plantation, a government, a retailer – and illuminated the connections between them and us as consumers. And how all this impacted on a couple of orang-utans called Dave and Samantha.
The audience play by making choices, which they can discuss over dinner. Before [SPOILERS].
The Green Gold Conspiracy premiered at The Lowry in Oct 2015, followed by gigs at Chester Zoo in Oct/Nov 2015. It was developed with playtests at a local pub and at Chester Zoo in Sep 2015.
Devised and written
William Drew and Tassos Stevens
Afreena Islam, Christine FitzGerald, Jack Egan, Jamil Keating
*appearing as if they were from Chester Zoo, but actually [SPOILERS]
“A novel cocktail of an art form that both gets to the audience and feeds back into science”