Chester Zoo is the star of a new piece of experimental theatre, as part of the Manchester Science Festival.

The Green Gold Conspiracy, at The Lowry in Salford Quays, puts wildlife conservation at the heart of its storyline with the audience playing the leading role.

The production, an interactive game of probability, served over a three-course meal, will give audiences the chance to explore the science behind producing food sustainably.

Questions posed by Coney theatre company will include: How will you react when the fate of the critically endangered orangutan is in your hands? As a business owner in South East Asia, do you save rainforests or do you continue to push these amazing animals closer to extinction – the decision is yours to make; but not without consequences.

Chester Zoo's Sumatran orangutan Tripa

It is part of Chester Zoo’s wider Palm Oil Challenge campaign that aims to highlight the growing palm oil industry, the effect it’s having on the environment and the power we have as consumers to make an impact.

Chester Zoo field conservation manager Cat Barton said: “Venturing into the world of theatre to try and highlight what people can do to try and tackle vital conservation issues is exciting.

"It’s a fun and innovative way of showcasing the very real threats wildlife is facing as a result of our actions, in particular the oil palm industry.

"But it’s not as straightforward as it sounds – there’s a twist in the story; it will be interesting to see what route the audiences decide to take!”

Coney, who have been described as one of the companies to watch, create adventure games that challenge the audience and encourage them to step outside the everyday.

Their previous projects include Early Days (of a better nation) which toured the UK earlier this year, A Tail of Two Cities and Better Than Life which brought together elements from theatre, gaming and TV.

Tassos Stevens from Coney said: “When Chester Zoo approached us with the idea of producing a piece of theatre around their Palm Oil Challenge, we instantly knew we wanted to be part of this campaign. The palm oil industry and the impact it’s having on the environment and wildlife is critical and we as consumers can do something about it; but it is a complex subject.

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“Through The Green Gold Conspiracy we want to drive the audience to engage and learn more about a problem that is occurring in the world right now. By challenging people in a fun setting it will hopefully empower them to go on to do extraordinary things and perhaps change the way they think about the food they consume.”

The Green Gold Conspiracy is at The Lowry on Friday, October 23. Tickets are £41 (includes £2 booking fee and three course meal)

An additional performance is taking place on Saturday, October 24 at Chester Zoo, tickets are £38 and can be purchased here.

The event is part of the Manchester Science Festival (Thursday, October 22 – Sunday, November 1) which is in its ninth year.