Manchester based theatrical group Virtual Migrants will be presenting their new production ‘Continent Chop Chop’ (http://virtualmigrants.net/continent-chop-chop/ ), a story of austerity, refugees and climate destruction at Highfields Centre on Saturday 7th November 2015 (see flyer below).
A pre-production workshop will be held between 11 – 3pm, with a performance between 6 and 8pm on that evening. If you wish to participate in the workshop, please see the attached workshop form and reply directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Workshop form
To book your ticket(s) for the evening production, please do so via http://continent-chop-leicester.eventbrite.co.uk and for those unwaged and/or without access to a computer, a limited number of tickets (20) are also available from Highfields Centre.
‘Continent Chop Chop’ is a touring transmedia production linking narratives of climate change to the broader issues of poverty, race and social justice. Using interwoven narratives portrayed through music, poetry, and projected imagery, it will ask:
- Who controls the narrative of climate change?
- What are the connections between climate change and poverty?
- How does the wider climate of austerity and scapegoating of migrants connect with climate change?
- And why should anyone care when they don’t have enough to eat?
Additionally, it’ll explore themes about crossing continents and historical boundaries, colliding refugee testimony with PR speak, imperial anthems versus Xhosa song and all with a flavour of afrobeat, experimental electronics and nursery rhymes!
It’ll feature commissioned work from guest artists: Nnimmo Bassey, a leading environmental activist who has won a number of awards and has played leading roles in Friends Of The Earth International, Oilwatch Africa and the Global South Network and Zena Edwards, a London-based performance poet, writer and musician and creative director of Conversations: Verse in Dialog; Re-Imagining Arts In Action; The Fury Project; The Poetic Debaters.
Continent Chop Chop is directed by Amanda Huxtable, and created by the Virtual Migrants collective: Sai Murray (writer, performer), Aidan Jolly (musician, composer) and Maya Chowdhry (transmedia artist). Supporting artists: Tracey Zengeni (vocals, performer), Jaydev Mistry (musician, digital soundscapes), Kooj Chuhan (video artist), Mazaher Rafshajani (photography and video).