CONTINENT CHOP CHOP: austerity, refugees and climate destruction

continent-chop-chop-flyerA story told through poetry, music and digital-media connecting legacies of inequality to climate change by the Virtual Migrants collective, touring in 2015.
Devised and led by 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).
Directed by Amanda Huxtable


‘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?

Drawing on diverse histories and narratives of climate justice from across the world, with music influenced by Afrobeat, experimental electronics, English Folk and deconstructed imperial and colonial anthems.

Maya Chowdhry produced the Transmedia story as part of ‘Continent Chop Chop —

Christopher Wilder launches an appeal for Ethical People Movement, an organisation that has sponsored Virtual Migrants in a funding crisis.
Or did they?

Using invisible theatre, and conveying the story of ‘Ethical People Movement’ across web, twitter, YouTube and Bandcamp, this Transmedia narrative explores ‘white-saviour complex’ and asks the audience to look beyond the issues of climate justice, refugees and austerity into their complex connectivity.