What is Rebel Act Productions?
Rebel Act Productions (RAP) was set up this year by Hannah West to bring together actors, designers, directors and individuals who want to use their platform as creatives to explore social issues and challenge public perception and understanding through the medium of film and theatre.
What are our projects?
Our first project is a short film called Invisible People. In April this year, RAP brought together a group of passionate young people to make a film about homelessness. It follows a young homeless woman as she rough sleeps on the streets of London, exploring some of her daily challenges, including what it means to be isolated from the wider community. The film in now in post production and RAP would love to send it off to a number of film festivals so that it can challenge public perception of homelessness and broaden people's understanding of the issue. So far, the film has been made on zero budget and a lot of hard work from creative volunteers but in order to push through the final stages of post-production and get the film out to wider audiences, it needs some funding.
The second project RAP are currently undertaking is a show called Follow My Fingers. Written and Directed by the Founder of the company, the play is based on a true story around the theme of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and recovery. It will be performed at the Clapham Fringe Festival in October and hopefully transferred to another venue afterwards. In order to make this a success, the company needs funding for a few things, including a sound and light designer/operator, set design and marketing materials.
Why are these projects important?
Homelessness in the UK is on the rise. The latest government figures show that 4,751 people slept rough across England on any given night in 2017 - a 15% increase compared to the previous year. People who are homeless are 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence and on average homeless people die at just 44 years old (Crisis, 2019). Everyday, people walk past the homeless on their way to work, the supermarket or a night out. Whilst people can't always give money or food, they can give their respect and time. Homeless people can feel extremely isolated from their community and often the way the public treat them can feed into a feeling of isolation and loneliness. Our film, Invisible People aims to highlight the issue of loneliness and inspire the public to take more time for homeless people in their local community.
When people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they think of soldiers and victims of war but PTSD can affect lots of people in different ways and from different circumstances. Follow My Fingers aims to heighten public awareness about PTSD and the impact it can have on people's daily lives. It also aims to challenge stigma around therapy and recovery.
About Hannah West
Hannah West is a Scottish Actor based in London. She is currently finishing her drama school training at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. Prior to becoming an Actor, she worked in the field of human rights and international development. She also spent a few years working for local charities in London. She set up Rebel Act Productions, so she could combine her 2 passions: acting and social change.
How can you help?
To help us make these 2 projects a reality, we need some financial support. If you are able to donate to Rebel Act Productions, here is a breakdown of what your money will be used for:
Invisible People (film)
£400 - Submission of Invisible People to film festivals (each one cost about $35-$40)
£100 - Payment of post-production sound
£100 - Hire of venue for Invisible People Premiere
Follow My Fingers (play)
£400 - Payment for a lighting and sound engineer for 2 performances
£140 - Hire of technological equipment
£200 - Equipment/Resources for set design/props
£150 - Printing of flyers and posters
£140 - Hire of van to transport set to rehearsals and performances
£350 - Travel Expenses of cast to rehearsals/performances
£20 - Travel Expenses of Movement Consultant
Rebel Act Productions is always looking to collaborate with other like-minded individuals, so if you are a creative, a charity, or an individual who is passionate about using film and theatre for social change, please do get in touch.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT. LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!