Home Makers is a series of soundwalks recorded and co-edited with migrant domestic workers in the UK and Lebanon. During the coronavirus pandemic, the soundwalks have been used as creative and teaching resources, through individual walks and customisable ‘scores’ designed for inclusive access. One of the soundwalks, COVID bayanihan (produced in mid March 2020), takes place in a supermarket in south London where Dara, a volunteer, is delivering groceries to a household of Filipina domestic workers working in the informal sector, who have contracted coronavirus and are at risk of destitution. Listen in the supermarket, or alternatively, in isolation.
COVID bayanihan is dedicated to Dr Rachelle ‘Dara’ Bascara (1983-2021) – beloved, revolutionary.
Ella Parry-Davies is a practitioner-researcher and educator interested in relationships between migration, place and memory – and how performance works to express or intervene in these relationships. As a British Academy postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2018-21), she facilitated a collection of soundwalks made in collaboration with migrant domestic workers at homemakersounds.org. Individual collaborators are credited with each soundwalk.