Cotton Wool Kids: an image with a young person standing with their arms to the side. They are wrapped up entirely in bubble wrap apart from their head and hands with the word fragile taped across them

Rachel Betts

Residency Dates: Mon 11 – Sat 16 Feb 2019

As if you are infinite was a mosaic play exploring aspects of our duty to care for each other, the desperate love of parenthood and the responsibility we might share for the development and protection of children (our own and others). Formally these ideas were expressed by an overwhelming series of ‘text bomb’ scenes that come at the audience thick and fast: an assault. As if you are infinite was intended for teenage and adult audiences exploring how we love, smother, protect and fear, holding on and letting go.

As if you are infinite has been developed through the John Retallack Playwriting Course and an Arvon residency with Tim Crouch, Chris Thorpe and Alice Birch. It was supported in 2018/2018 through the Pegasus Theatre Spark Associate Artist Programme.

“The opportunity of this residency comes at a crucial time in the development of this piece and the seed funding and rehearsal space from artsdepot creates a strong ACE bid. I’m delighted to be working with a venue with such a strong commitment to supporting artists and creating work for family audiences.”

Rachel wanted to use the residency to find a movement/sound language to support the text, workshop the scenes with young people and adults and explore the themes of danger, risk, protection, suffocation, fear, supervision, love, attachment, care, support, over-protection, safety, un-protection and horror in the media.