Midlands Arts Centre, 2016

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


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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.

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.

Yarning was be performed in the round on knitted benches and the audience was encouraged to bring along their knitting.