monkeys in schools

Save Your Last Rolo-way

Ethical consumerism

Our original play with accompanying activities is about the effect of Western palm oil consumption on the habitat of one of the rarest primates in the world. WAPCA, 2010Deforestation in order to plant oil palms is rife over South East Asia and now in west Africa. This highly lucrative crop is in 1 in 10 products on our shelves. The loss of species and biodiversity in many tropical countries is down to consumers in the West. People are largely unaware of this and if they were aware of the devastating impact their actions were having many people would think twice before they bought certain products.

This panto-style play shows the true story of the Tanoé Forest in Côte d'Ivoire. This unprotected swamp forest became the final refuge of several species of primate since it was difficult to access for bushmeat hunting. It was then sold as a palm oil concession and was going to be cut down. Outcry from local populations and the international consevation community has staid the development for now. The play attempts to show the situation from many different points of view and shows audiences what power they have in their day-to-day lives over the fate of another species.

Susan Cheyne, 2010The first version of this play looks at Roloway monkeys in West Africa but we have an adaptation of the play that uses lar gibbons in South East Asia. We are happy to adapt this play for similar threats (such as soya) to South American primates.




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