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The Knitting pattern play

Deborah Nash and Jacqui Hamlin

Date: 23 November 2017
Time: 19:30 - 22:30

Location: The Green Room Theatre, Behind the Dorking Halls, Dorking, RH4 1SJ

Details: In 18th century France ruined aristocrat Purl meets a group of extraordinary knitters who shape fate and destiny through their needles and yarn. This play – with set by textile students at Chelsea School of Art - is Purl's story, told in knitting. The Knitting Pattern Play is the deathbed reverie of an 18th century French aristocrat who visits the Three Fates who knit, measure and cut a human life and who double as Les Tricoteuses at the guillotine. Purl requests these crafters of destiny to restore her pattern of lifelong privilege disrupted by the French Revolution. By conveying the rigid and ritualised nature of society through the activity of knitting and the fashion codes of the time, the play explores the idea of patterns - what it is that governs our behaviour - and suggests we might not be as free as we think. The Knitting Pattern Play was written in 2012 and performed at Goldsmiths College, London in 2013. It was later showcased in the Words over Waltham Forest Festival and local knitters contributed the props. Since then, it has been substantially developed using research on Marie Antoinette, the court at Versailles and the momentum of events leading to the Reign of Terror in 1793.

Web site: http://www.dorkinghalls.co.uk
Web site 2: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/262609765/the-knitting-pattern-play

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