Wednesday 22nd November 7.30 - 8.40pm

London and online.

All online links will be sent half an hour before the start time

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An interactive adventure about how we choose to rest, energy management and taking care of a querulous umbrella plant. Named Sven. 

You play an avatar with an Energy Limiting Chronic Illness navigating an everyday-made-fantastical world where bedrooms become swamps and will o'the wisps burn through brain fog. With hybrid participation online and at Theatre Deli.

A Quest for Rest is a joyful, playful, collaborative piece of storytelling about discovering shared languages, holding embodied experiences and understandings of mutual care. 

This is a Work in Progress.

A tapestry of queer joy is expertly crafted into the story’ Binge Fringe on Hive (Assembly 23)

It’s inspiring to watch and sparks creative joy in the audience it gathers’ Binge Fringe on Hive (Assembly 23)

Click here to read the review on Binge Fringe

Written by Ariella Como Stoian, the script veers between snappy dialogue and luminous poetry’ 4* The Scotsman on Hive (Assembly 23) 

Click here to read the review on the Scotsman.

Beautiful, clever, nuanced, so intimate and engagingAudience Response from Summerhall Surgeries A Quest for Rest extract performance 2023 

You let your imagination go wild, you make the show’ and ‘It was really relaxing in a way because there was no way to do it wrong, anything you did was validAudience responses to previous Mushmoss Collective show You wake up/octopus (Theatre Deli 23)


Susie MacDonald - Collaborator

About this activity

Event type: Performance.

Age guidance: This activity is recommended for ages 10+.  

Content warning: This activity contains audience interaction and collaboration. 

Duration: This activity is 1 hour and 10 minutes long. 

Interval: This activity does not have an interval.

Pre/post event activity: A collaborative discussion about engaging with responses around the themes of mutual and collective care, and any other thoughts. This discussion will also act as a debrief for the audience and an opportunity to offer responses and constructive feedback for the development of the piece.

Tickets: In person tickets cost £5 - £40 and are available to purchase through Eventbrite. Your ticket will also provide you with access to all online events. Please make sure to book your place on any other workshops. 


Arriella Como Stoian and Mushmoss Collective will be providing:

  • BSL interpretation
  • automated captions for online audiences
  •  Captioning of performance text in the space and online
  • access to a quiet room
  • a break out space
  • relaxed environment with comfortable seating
  • Access Support worker present
  • People attending the online performance don’t have to participate, they can listen and watch with their cameras off as comfortable
  • Please note, this piece will contain drawing, collaborative storytelling and reading but you can opt out of any activities.

All workshops and performances in the Social Model…& More Festival will include:

  • In person BSL interpretation 

  • In person level access and accessible toilets 

  • In person dedicated calm room

  • The option to attend online

  • Online performances will include BSL interpretation and captioning. 

Access at Theatre Deli London

Access at Theatre Deli’s London venue including level access throughout, a dedicated calm room  and accessible toilets. Read Theatre Deli’s London venue Accessibility guide here.  If you have any specific access requirements you would like us to be aware of, please email [email protected].

Covid 19

Please note that we have taken the following precautions to protect audiences from the spread of Covid-19:

  • Reduced capacity for all in person events
  • Provided online options for all events
  • Encouraging audiences, artists and staff to wear masks to in person events if they are able to

Find out more about Ariella Como Stoian & Mushmoss Collective

Ariella (they/she) is a writer and multi-disciplinary interactive and immersive theatre-maker. They create playful, speculative work through a queer, intersectional lens, valuing joyful, imaginative, sometimes fantastical stories, informed by their own experiences as a Chronically ill, Disabled artist.

Ariella has previously worked for accessible poetry and spoken word organisations, in site responsive storytelling, for arts festivals in unusual places and in performing arts publishing.

They’re currently undertaking the Discover Program with outdoor arts organisation Without Walls. Ariella was recently Longlisted for the BBC Writersroom’s Popcorn Writing Award 2023 for their play ‘Hive’.

Mushmoss Collective creates multi-disciplinary, queer theatre between storytelling, composition and immersive play set in imagined worlds to consider connection and new futures.

Twitter: @mushmossco

Instagram: @mushmosscollective

The Social Model…& More Festival 

Taking place across Theatre Deli's Sheffield and London venues in November 2023, the festival, which has been curated by artist Caroline Mawer, explores new perspectives on disability and the relationship between disabled people and the world around them.

Find out more about The Social Model…& More Festival here.

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