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15 December 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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About this event
In association with Yardley Great Trust Group, Trevor Pitt presents his play YARNING as a live streamed event. In response to Covid restrictions the play has been adapted so that it can be experienced by people at home, and in particular older people in residential care settings. Trevor has been working with Yardley Great Trust Group and their residents to create a heartwarming and life affirming event.
5 days before the performance you will be sent a link to watch the performance that will be streamed live via Youtube. You will also be sent a Zoom link to join an after performance discussion with the writer Trevor Pitt, director Jake Oldershaw and actors Debra Baker, Norma Cohen, Kitty Martin and Jenny Earl.
About the play
Premiered in 2016 it played to ‘sold out’ audiences at Midlands Arts Centre. Four 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 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 four women’s life stories:
At the age of 9 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 Oxford Workhouse and raised by relatives who all knitted.
Marion’s house is full to the rafters with wool and crafting paraphernalia and she loves it.
YARNING is supported using public funding by Arts Council England .