Unchartered Collective grew out of conversations between a group of Bristol based creatives, all of whom experience persistent pain. The collective grew out of a desire to communicate our experience, and bridge difference.
Our name reflects our sense of living in unchartered territory, when an illness becomes chronic and your life counter-culture. With few role models and little awareness around invisible impairments, navigating the isolation can be a lonely thing.
I wanted to create performance spaces to explore different aspects of my experience. Other members of the collective write for the Huffington Post, and run the Resting Revolution FB group..
Raquel co-founded Lost Dog in 2004 and co-directed all productions up to and including the 2011 Place Prize Winner ‘It Needs Horses’. I re-joined the company in 2015 as associate co-director on ‘Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)’ nominated for a Southbank Sky Arts Award 2016. In 2017 she collaborated with Rachel Bagshaw as movement director on 'The Shape of the Pain' winner of a 2017 Fringe First Award and published by Oberon. She is currently associate artist on Lost Dog's new show 'Juliet + Romeo's Guide to Long Life and a Happy Marriage', which received 5 star reviews in The Guardian & Time out, and tours nationally & internationally in 2018 / 2019. .
Raquel stepped away from the world of theatre making between 2011 - 2015, to understand and come to terms with an increasingly disabling chronic pain condition. She become interested in creating immersive performance that explores chronic pain in 2016 developing Someone Should Start Laughing & A Crash Course in Clouspotting (the supervise act of horizontality). The latter received an Unlimited R&D award 2017 and will be presented at The South Bank Centre as part of the Unlimited Festival Sept 2018.
Raquel is also working closely with venues, galleries and other cultural institutions to develop 'The Resting Spaces Network'. The network seeks to widen access for invisible impairment communities by providing resting spaces or horizontal events. Through her projects and talks she seeks to challenge the etiquette of our public spaces and asks us to re-imagine how we might use our public space differently.