PROMISE  Feel Flows Theatre Collective presents "Promise",  preview on April 4th 2020:POSTPONED (CORONA VIRUS), and then at Chichester Festival 2020.  Get in touch if you would like to be notified of future dates - email: rachelbaylisuk@gmail.com

 

The Promise of an ending is currently in rehearsal; based on articles found

in newspapers just before the outbreak of the First World War, Baylis and

two other actors are working collaboratively to produce a 1 hour

performance highlighting the humanity and fragility of every individual. 

It may be a fine line between jumping and not jumping; awareness of one’s

feelings, and learning about the psychology, philosophy and statistics are

seen as positive steps towards helping people to stay in the here and now.

As this project is rapidly turning into a layered sound piece, I am hugely

boosted by the positive and enthusiastic response from others who are

offering to record stories for me to add; the art department, the theatre

department, friends, family, are all joining in (and next I'll hit social media

if I need to.)  Suddenly the piece is taking on a whole new importance;

many of the wartime references  share the same perspectives as people

today, as we try to get to grips with the unknown nature of what we are

facing.  This time we can't congregate for human contact and solace, but we

can find new ways using the internet, and maybe we'll be more in contact

with people than we were before the crisis hit.

So, if you're reading this and want to be included do get in touch:

rbaylis1@stu.chi.ac.uk or phone 07905 356114.  I'm looking for

readers and singers at the moment... some animals are joining in

too!

 

Wash your hands here - Free! 2019 performance

This time-base piece took place on March 13th 2019, 9am – 5pm in Art One Foyer, University of Chichester.  Impetus: to bring to mind a friend’s story of tragedy and human fragility, using water as a symbol: passers by were encouraged to be filmed washing their hands, while Baylis gradually drew a storyboard and large cartoon strip depicting the events the friend (Jane) endured, and how she washed her hands, barely touching the  water and shaking every last drop of water back into the bucket. Feedback from participants demonstrated some success in terms of the piece lasting beyond the gallery space and into people’s lives.   For example, the scarcity of water in Africa and how we waste water in the UK stayed with people,  and the news that Jane’s request for asylum was refused, even though she and her two daughters would almost certainly be killed on arrival in her  home country of Kenya, introduced a personal, close-up account of what it is like to live with daily fear, and inability to keep oneself safe.

Alternative Disco: Oh My Gosh! Pallant House Gallery October 2019

(sound only)

https://soundcloud.com/user-897778193/pallantvoicefin

A View

Three performances debuted in November 2018, with changes to each consecutive performance according to feedback received.  The impetus for this piece came when Baylis walked past her radio without fully taking in the tragic news every day.  How does the brain compartmentalise these global issues, and how can we find compassion for ourselves when we don’t help, or even stop long enough to take it in?  Awareness alone may be enough to start a ripple effect.

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Her Head

 – a humanist/feminist piece, reflecting the pressure, monotony and responsibility of life as a housewife and worker and mother, at the same time as reminding us of the fragility of all our psyches.  Baylis walks into the sea fully-dressed, carrying two Tesco carrier bags full of stones; her child ego wants to swim but her adult ego and the speed of life suppress play and take priority.  In ageing, the female body changes, energy decreases, and, like the waves and tides, there is nothing she can do to hold it back.

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