Thursday 23 November 2017 at 7.30pm
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Although not strictly one of our events, the Dorking Radical Film Festival collided with local playwright Deborah Nash, who was producing a fascinating play about Les Tricoteuses, the knitters at the foot of the guillotine. She required some severed heads to be knitted for the London production, and local knitters were very happy to assist. The Film Festival had booked the Green Room Theatre for their final event, but were happy to give it up to Deborah, who will bring the production from London to Dorking for one night only.
ABOUT THE PLAY:
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.
‘Found’ text taken from a knitting book finds new meaning within the context of the play.
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.
More information and pictures of the extraordinary knitted set here