XR Lewes and Ouse Valley was about to set up its own Red Rebel group when we were overtaken by the virus and Lockdown.
We have a group of five of us so far with five costumes, one head-dress and four more head-dresses under construction in an attic in central Lewes. To join us or find out more about us please email firstname.lastname@example.org The more of us there are, the more dramatic and atmospheric we can be at actions.
Red Rebels often attend protest and actions and generate a huge interest with their striking costumes and colours
The performances are kept simple, mainly very slow moving, focussed, meditative movements carried out in complete silence, producing a very powerful effect. Spectators gain a very strong impression of the depth of feeling and non-violence of the movement.
TheRed Rebel apparitions are modelled on creations of Doug Francisco of Bristol. He founded a troupe in the 1990s called The Invisible Circus. Their signature characters were slow moving, silent and made powerful imagery.
Doug became involved with Extinction Rebellion and decided to use his idea but in a very different colour, using red costumes with white faces, red cheeks and lips. The red represents the blood of the species. Even Doug was amazed by the impact the Red Rebels made last April and October in London and by how much media attention they attracted.
This video explains how to make a Head-Dress
And this one covers the costume and the basic moves:
So we hope to be ready to come out on the streets of Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven soon after lockdown ends and bring the Red Rebel magic to our streets locally. We hope to set up a Zoom meeting in a couple of weeks to discuss the makeup and costumes and hopefully to rehearse some basic moves so please get in touch if you would like to join us on email@example.com