Portrait of a member of the Red Rebel Brigade wearing red outfit, headdress and white makeup.

A member of the Red Rebel Brigade protesting subsidies to the wood-burning Drax power station. © Ron Fassbender

I first encountered the Red Rebel Brigade in 2019 while sitting under a pink boat anchored in the middle of Oxford Circus, where it remained for several days. I was enjoying the shade and sorting through my images of the boats arrival, while they were wearing strange costumes and doing their makeup….in complete silence.

Derived from Bristol's Invisible Circus, their graceful synchronized movements, their bold colours, and their uncanny ability to arrive at precisely the right moment - whether to de-escalate tense situations or reassure people about to be arrested - is theatre that still turns heads after several years appearing at protests on the streets of London and elsewhere. - RF
Red Rebel at the Royal Courts of Justice during an appeal against gas drilling in Surrey. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel at the Royal Courts of Justice during an appeal against gas drilling in Surrey. © Ron Fassbender
A Red Rebel Brigade member hugs a tree before joining an End Fossil Fuels protest march to Parliament Square. © Ron Fassbender
A Red Rebel Brigade member hugs a tree before joining an End Fossil Fuels protest march to Parliament Square. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade pass Wellington Arch during an action against proposed development of Rosebank oil field off the Scottish coast. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade pass Wellington Arch during an action against proposed development of Rosebank oil field off the Scottish coast. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in Victoria Street visiting XR hunger strikers. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in Victoria Street visiting XR hunger strikers. © Ron Fassbender
Marvina Newton with the Red Rebel Brigade outside the London Stock Exchange, major financers of fossil fuels. © Ron Fassbender
Marvina Newton with the Red Rebel Brigade outside the London Stock Exchange, major financers of fossil fuels. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade with the Green Spirits at Marble Arch. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade with the Green Spirits at Marble Arch. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade at London Bridge, blockaded by a vintage bus. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade at London Bridge, blockaded by a vintage bus. © Ron Fassbender
Green Spirit outside Downing Street, home of the UK Prime Minister.  © Ron Fassbender
Green Spirit outside Downing Street, home of the UK Prime Minister. © Ron Fassbender
Green Spirit outside Downing Street, home of the UK Prime Minister.  © Ron Fassbender
Green Spirit outside Downing Street, home of the UK Prime Minister. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade head off to their next destination. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade head off to their next destination. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade delivering a tree sapling to replace trees lost to the HS2 rail scheme. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade delivering a tree sapling to replace trees lost to the HS2 rail scheme. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade join a Stop HS2 action at Euston Station. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade join a Stop HS2 action at Euston Station. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade support locked-on activists in Whitehall awaiting arrest. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade support locked-on activists in Whitehall awaiting arrest. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade support locked-on activists in Whitehall awaiting arrest. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade support locked-on activists in Whitehall awaiting arrest. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in Trafalgar Square. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in Trafalgar Square. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade visit XR hunger strikers outside Labour party HQ. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade visit XR hunger strikers outside Labour party HQ. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in a very wet Oxford Street. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in a very wet Oxford Street. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in a very wet Oxford Street. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in a very wet Oxford Street. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade and the Green Spirits in Russell Square for the Strength in Grief action. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade and the Green Spirits in Russell Square for the Strength in Grief action. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade and the Green Spirits in Russell Square for the Strength in Grief action. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade and the Green Spirits in Russell Square for the Strength in Grief action. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade and the Green Spirits in Russell Square for the Strength in Grief action. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade and the Green Spirits in Russell Square for the Strength in Grief action. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in Marble Arch. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in Marble Arch. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade's first London appearance, at Oxford Circus. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade's first London appearance, at Oxford Circus. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade preparing in Oxford Circus during their first London appearance. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade preparing in Oxford Circus during their first London appearance. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade preparing in Oxford Circus during their first London appearance. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade preparing in Oxford Circus during their first London appearance. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel looks in to a police cordon surrounding locked-on activists in Oxford Circus. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel looks in to a police cordon surrounding locked-on activists in Oxford Circus. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in Parliament Square. © Ron Fassbender
Red Rebel Brigade in Parliament Square. © Ron Fassbender
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