Maya Chowdhry

Peas on Earth

Presented by Word of Warning, STUN + Black Gold Arts Festival during Divergency: Tabletop Trio

In Brief

How does the food on our tables reach us?

Peas on Earth is an immersive journey exploring the performance of eating, growing and sustaining ourselves, brought to life through Augmented Reality.

Venue + Booking Details for Divergency: Tabletop Trio

Date: Thursday 6 October 2016, 6pm
Venue: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: £6/3 (very limited capacity)
Venue (Z-arts) Tel: 0161 232 6089

Access Information

Age advisory: 14+ (parental/guardian discretion).
You will need headphones and a smartphone or mobile device that can download the Zappar free app — please do this before the performance (you can use our wifi); if you don’t have a mobile device or headphones then please let us know when you book via or call 0161 232 6086. If you have any access requirements please contact us in advance so we can try to accommodate you.


The domestication of the pea took place 11,000 years ago in the Near East. Which East is near depends on whether you called the wind trade-winds or hava. Using the humble pea as a symbol of our relationship to food, a portion of poetry and a pair of gardening gloves, Peas on Earth is a table-top of interactive theatre that gently augments our reality to allow us to experience the politics of eating, growing and sustaining ourselves.

Who is she?

Maya Chowdhry is an inTer-aCtive artist, theatre-maker and Transmedia writer. Her writing is infused and influenced through her work for radio, film, live art and theatre. Her current practice uses interactive theatre-making and digital storytelling to create immersive and democratic experiences for audiences.

Maya’s recent work includes What is Lunch for?, a scratch performance at Camden People’s Theatre, and a live-action-animation for a Telling Tales: Scratch with Coney at HOME, Manchester.

What people have said about her

Maya is a writer of talent and has the ability to both craft a strong narrative whilst exploiting the potency and poetry of language.
Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales
Maya understands the potential of cutting edge technology, and uses it creativity to tell stories that engage and immerse audiences in new and exciting ways
Karen Shannon, Director, Let’s Go Global
About Kaahini:
A highly original yet thoroughly accessible insight into what it means to be young, Asian and British. Filled with the powerful and contradictory emotions of adolescence, Kaahini is brightly coloured, full of warmth and feeling, and shot through with the darker threads of frustration and anger at the inflexible and inexplicable adult world. This play, for all its seemingly unfamiliar Asian context, speaks directly to the widest possible audience — anyone with a mother, father, son, daughter, friend or lover will find much to challenge and inspire them here.
John McGrath, Artistic Director, Manchester International Festival


Maya Chowdhry — Writer and Transmedia artist
Niki Woods — Performance mentor
Caro C — Sound Engineer
Developed as a Divergency micro-commission with support from hÅb + STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North). Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Websites | | @MayaChowdhry | | | #Divergency | Black Gold Arts Festival


Thu 6 Oct, 6-10pm | Z-arts (incl. STUN Studio)
Installation: 6-8.30pm. FREE
Tabletop Trio: 6pm. (£6/3 sold-out)
Double Bill: 8.30pm. (£6/3 sold-out)