Knit Stage

Loose Knit

Teresa Rebeck’s Loose Knit (2002) Arts International Theatre (NY) . Originally 1993 by Second Stage Theatre.

From the Chicago production:

“Loose Knit by Theresa Rebeck is a satirical urban comedy about life and love as five women and two men navigate the precarious waters of maturity and responsibility. Never has a knitting circle been so biting and insightful in sketching the sometimes futile search for fulfillment.”



The original 2001 woolly spectacular

As seen on TV, and fresh from a showcase gig at the V&A London, HAT is four new stories about wool and knitting written and performed by poet and BBC Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan with music composed and performed by maverick guitar legend Billy Jenkins. Featuring Andy Diagram (James, Nico, Spaceheads) on cornet, loops and samples and Angie Harrison (ex Hallé orchestra) on viola and knitting needles.

Audience Invitation
You are welcome to knit throughout the performance!

HAT was premiered at the Viaduct Theatre, Halifax in November 2001, and subsequently performed in Newcastle, York and London (twice) – most recently as part of Craft Rocks, the Sirdar sponsored knitting extravaganza at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Hat was performed in Helmsley, North Yorkshire in 2004 and Cork, Ireland in 2005.

“brilliant flashes of individual inspiration – for sheer originality you have to take your hat off to them. Try and catch the final performance of this uncompromising one-off.” Guardian “Shear pleasure” YEP

Conceived and produced by Simon Thackray.
“He’s a strange’un alright, but the art world could do with more of his kind of far-reaching woolly thinking.” Daily Telegraph


Sponsored by Sirdar

Audience Invitiation
You are welcome to knit throughout the performance

Tickets include a FREE ball of wool, needles and HAT pattern.
FREE pre-concert knitting class led by the Sirdar knitting team.


Additional resources:

“Why knitting is the new rock’n’roll”

– Daily Telegraph
Shed and the art of knitting – Northern Echo feature
Simon Thackray – Artscene article by Tony Greenway


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Commissioned by The Shed with funds from Arts Council England. Original tour in 2001 supported by ACE and Arts & Business Yorkshire. Union Chapel, London performance supported by Arts & Business Yorkshire and Yorkshire Forward. Sirdar and The Shed are winners of the the Arts & Business Yorkshire Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Arts / Business Partnership.

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A Tale of Two Cities

The Ridiculous Theatre Company’s A Tale of Two Cities by Everett Quinton. The main character, channeling Madame DeFarge, “knits” with a turkey baster and a dildo. Well, at least she did when I did it . . . 🙂


3 Days of Rain (broadway play starring Julia Roberts) Julia knits on stage. Too bad it closed!



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