Just over a week ago it became clear that in order to stay as healthy as possible during the current COVID-19 pandemic, I needed to self-isolate. I always need close physical support from others to complete many essential daily tasks like washing or moving in and out of my chair, but this close contact increases the risk of me catching the virus or me passing it to others, so I also decided to limit the number of different people providing my support.
We were due to be touring Not I at the moment so our production manager Erik, is over from Spain. Because of the pandemic he hasn’t been able to get home, so for the meantime he’s staying at the castle and splitting my support with Claire and Leftwing Idiot.
The four of us are in lockdown together and are operating as a unit. I usually refer to my home as the castle because it’s in an old pub of that name. But for the last week we’ve been calling it the spaceship instead.
Somehow thinking of my home as a spaceship and us as the crew is helping us all get through this strange and challenging time. Here’s a drawings of our spaceship.
I’m used to seeing lots of different people and think of Biscuit Land as a place full of my friends and family. It’s only been a week and it already feels hard not seeing them.
What does your spaceship look like? Who are you traveling with? Do you have an unruly geranium and a wonky lamp-post as part of your crew? I’d love to know more about the spaceships that are getting other people through the long journey of this pandemic, so please share your ideas in the comments below or get in touch with your drawings or images.
Our shared mission has to be to get as many people as possible through this pandemic safely. To achieve this, staying at home is essential, but that doesn’t have to mean that your home stays as it is. For me, my imagination is offering a playful way of re-framing what’s happening.
I’ve to go now because I can hear Erik calling from the galley that dinner’s ready.
Goodnight out there – wherever you are.