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The Knitting Circle

  • Wed, 08 May 2013 - Thu, 09 May 2013
  • 7.30 PM - 9.00 PM
  • Tickets: £10/£8

Image from the Knitting CircleA funny and powerful new play by Julie McNamara, offering a chilling glimpse into the secret world of asylums. Written from the authentic testimony of survivors, a celebration of the irrepressible human spirit.

Re-directed by Antoinette Lester, this play is dedicated to forgotten voices.  Written from the authentic testimony of survivors, the production is a celebration of the irrepressible human spirit. 

'It was the mischief we got up to kept us going'  (Mary, Survivor, 2011)

“Over twenty years ago I ran a women’s group inside one of the old hospitals, where I lived and worked for two years. You had to be seen to be doing something for the hospital shop, so it was suggested a ‘Knitting Circle’. Two years ago I found an old tape from some of the women in that group. I learned a lot about love and a whole heap of mischief. And I still can’t knit!

(Julie McNamara 2010)

Touring venues in 2013 and presented by the theatre company Vital Xposure, this is a play that is dedicated to forgotten voices.

Written from the authentic testimony of survivors, this production is a celebration of the irrepressible human spirit. Based on extraordinary stories of survival, it is an exploration of the betrayal of thousands lost inside the system. 

Julie McNamara has an international, high profile reputation in Disability led theatre. Her commitment to embracing vital stories of people on the periphery of our communities is at the heart of all her work. Vital Xposure’s style is highly visual, blending strong moving images with provocative literary narrative. The impetus behind the company's work is to involve people who have limited engagement with the arts.

"An extraordinary story based in Harpers Park hospital; an archaic, inflexible institution where notes haven’t been looked at for years and the mantra is to 'keep calm and carry on'.”
Harriet Vickers (multimedia intern, BMJ)

'A powerful and well-crafted piece.  Very poignant. great writing’ Sue Williams (ACE)

‘This is a play with enormous heart.’ Mel Harris (Sparklab Productions)
 

This event will be British Sign Language Interpreted - Audio Description will be available on the 9th May.

For further information on this production click here

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