I kept thinking in the back of my mind how do I gain more publicity for the rabbit performance?
I went through many ideas, but felt in the end what seems to work, is the randomness of the rabbit, he pops up and then disappears. I came up with the concept of getting people to gather or join white rabbit on first of April, what would it look like to have a group of people dressed up as their own animal and just wander through Barnes High street.
I took those who did turn up for tea at the Olympic Cinema, it was nuts, here we were all dressed as animals sitting having tea and scones! It would certainly change the day, and if was successful I would do it the next year. I got in touch with the local Shelter charity so they gave me a T-shirt.
Marina White Raven a friend and collaborator brought female white rabbit and a wonderful woman who I recently met called Rebecca West who turned up as the fox.
Rebecca initially got in touch with me via the Barnes White Rabbit facebook page, saying she likes to dress up and would love to join me one day, as she had read about me in the local papers. I took her up on the offer to her surprise and like a trooper she joined in the antic of the rabbit, not only on the first but also during the local community Christmas street party. It was quite a site to witness, also I did it the next year joined by other friends and other people from the community. The rabbit has become a feature in the community, turning up at Easter cycling around the village and giving out Easter Eggs, supporting with the local BCA Easter Duck race, Christmas events, fair events, he certainly become a busy bunny with lots of people wanting selfies. Of course this was an opportunity for a local press story, which the Richmond and Twickenham Times took up. "Masked white rabbit has April Fools Tea Party with Fox and Gorilla" Fantastic headlines, it made me smile, and yes a fox also turned up, though the fox changed people as a friends son called Dom took over from Rebecca, it was such a funny site walking through the village on a Saturday morning in all our best animal outfits! Here is a link to RTT article. https://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/15199660.pictures-masked-rabbit-of-barnes-has-april-fools-tea-party-with-fox-and-a-gorilla/
L.R.J The Gorilla with her handbag still puts me in states of laughter, as this is what it was all about having fun, having a laugh, making people laugh, its quite a site seeing a Gorilla, a fox, a female bunny and the rabbit all sitting waiting for a bus!
Its also nice to support local charities, the new Shelter Boutique had literally just opened, so we manged to get into to become for a brief moment a window display! Its got to bring a smile!!!
We went from one shop to the other bringing laughter and joy.
Here is a link to a video of white rabbit and the snow woman dancing on Barnes High Street, this was Rebecca West first collaboration with the rabbit. Bless her cotton socks, she's a mover! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVkvcsGoBFU
Spike Mclarrity is a duration based conceptual performance artist.