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An older lady knits. She is wearning a knitted hat and cardigan.



A new play by Trevor Pitt



Project Summary

Five women spin tales of life, survival and knitting

Yarning, a new play by Trevor Pitt opens at mac on the 7th April 2016.

Book tickets at the mac birmingham website.

Casting Call: Opportunity for actors

UPDATE* The date for this perfomance has recently changed to April 7th 2016*

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Taking a road trip across the UK, Trevor Pitt collected remarkable stories from women about their lifelong relationship with wool - knitting, spinning, felting and weaving. Through spoken word, music, image and sound, their fascinating yarns will be told on a flock of knitted benches made by groups in different parts of the country.

Yarning will be performed in the round on knitted benches and you are encouraged to bring along your knitting!

The play

Five women spin yarns of their lives and how they grew up with knitting.

Performed as a series of interweaving monologues, each story is life affirming, telling of survival against the odds to achieve a dream.

Trevor's first play draws on his 10 years working with knitters, spinners and sheep farmers from across the country. Using recordings he made with the remarkable women he met along the way, Yarning tells five women’s life stories whose ages span from 30 to 70.

The characters

Ashley turns from scientist to professional knitter, specialising in jumpers for XXXXL men.

At the age of 6 Greta went to live at the Doctor’s house with her Aunty who was an amazing knitter.

Betty moved her family from Manchester to Cumbria to become a sheep farmer.

Gloria was born in Scarborough Workhouse and raised by relatives on the Colliery Rows, where everyone knitted.

Marion’s house is full to the rafters with wool and crafting paraphernalia and she loves it.


Music composed by Michael Tanner

Yarning is produced as part of Craftspace Curates exploring craft in an expanded field.

Craftspace Curates

The Craftspace Curates season, in partnership with mac Birmingham, continues throughout 2016 and will encourage audiences to consider the role of craft and the maker in society through a series of commissions and events which include live performance, film, digital media and public art.

You can find out more about the Craftspace Curates season of events here.


Developing people, ideas and opportunities through contemporary craft.

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