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New Short Film On Living With Chronic Pain Comes to BBC iPlayer

Where I Go (When I Can't Be Where I Am) was commissioned as part of BBC Arts ongoing Culture in Quarantine initiative.

Adapted from the award-winning The Shape of the Pain (Scotsman Fringe First), this new short film created in isolation is a powerful and intimate insight into living with a rare, synesthetic chronic pain condition. Where I Go (When I Can't Be Where I Am), commissioned as part of BBC Arts ongoing Culture in Quarantine initiative, bringing the arts into the homes of the nation at a time of lockdown, interweaves Rachel Bagshaw's personal experiences of living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) with a fictional narrative about a love affair.

In April 2020, a woman sits alone in her house. She lives with constant pain. Pain so intense she can hear it and see it. Pain with no apparent cause. Remembering a past relationship, she wonders if she can ever communicate how she experiences the world in a way that someone else will truly understand.

The film reunites the original The Shape of the Pain creative team: performer Hannah McPake, writer Chris Thorpe, sound from Melanie Wilson, and Offie Award nominated video design from Joshua Pharo, and incorporates fully integrated captioning. Where I Go... attempts to explain what Rachel's chronic pain sounds like, looks like and feels like. The work was supported by BBC Arts, Arts Council England, The Space and Battersea Arts Centre and will be screened as part of the BBC's Culture in Quarantine series - Filmed in Lockdown.

Rachel Bagshaw said, "Experiencing the isolation of lockdown chimed strongly with my experience of pain and I wanted to find a filmic language to reflect this; to express what can't be described in words through visuals and sound score. It's been a hugely collaborative venture with the team working remotely across the UK. This is my first ever film and making it during lockdown has been an extraordinary experience - a steep learning curve and one I've been grateful to go through with the team from the original theatre show."

Jonty Claypole, Director of BBC Arts said "BBC Arts has been working with artists and arts organisations throughout lockdown to ensure their work reaches a UK wide audience during this challenging time. These new commissions display a wealth of creative vision, expressing many of the emotions provoked by lockdown: anxiety and loneliness as well as love and joy. I am overwhelmed by the brilliance of what the artists have achieved, many of whom are more used to making work in theatres and live spaces, adapting their craft to tell their stories in a new way."

Rachel Bagshaw is an award-winning director and theatre maker. Rachel's show The Shape of the Pain opened at Edinburgh in 2017 (Fringe First) and had runs at Battersea Arts Centre and Wilton's Music Hall, plus a national tour. Rachel is Associate Director at the Unicorn Theatre where work includes The Bee in Me and Aesop's Fables. Other work includes Augmented (UK tour), Midnight Movie (Royal Court Theatre), Icons (WOW Festival/ Hull 2018), Hamlet (Young Vic), Resonance at the Still Point of Change (Unlimited Festival, South Bank Centre), The Rhinestone Rollers, Just Me, Bell (Graeae). She was Resident Assistant Director at the Young Vic 2010-11. Future projects include A Dead Body in Taos by David Farr (Fuel) and an adaptation of Sense and Sensibility with Lulu Raczka (China Plate).

Established in 2006, China Plate is an independent producer of contemporary theatre that engages around 35,000 live audience members annually. The company's central mission is to 'challenge the way performance is made, who it's made by and who gets to experience it.' China Plate is currently making work with Caroline Horton, Inspector Sands, David Edgar, Chris Thorpe, Rachel Chavkin, Rachel Bagshaw, Urielle Klein-Mekongo, Roy Williams, Chris Haydon and Tim Sutton. They are Resident Producers at Warwick Arts Centre, partners in the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) founded to bring contemporary dance to rural venues around the UK, partners in the ACE Ambition for Excellence funded Musical Theatre Development Consortium led by Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton and Derby CAN, Derby Theatre's Arts Council England Producing Hub.


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