The collaborative works of artist Trevor Pitt
28 September - 7 November
As part of the residency at Spacex I set up Preston Street Union - an affiliation of artists from in and around Exeter that will came together over a five week period to explore collaboration as a strategy for artists making things and making things happen.
7 April, 7.30
tickets £7 / £5.50
Five 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 Pitt’s first play draws on his 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 five women’s life stories whose ages span from 30 to 70.
Ashley turns from scientist to professional knitter, specialising in jumpers for XXXXL men. At the age of 6 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 Scarborough Workhouse and raised by relatives on the Colliery Rows, where everyone knitted. Marion’s house is full to the rafters with wool and crafting paraphernalia and she loves it. Yarning will be performed in the round on knitted benches and you are encouraged to bring along your knitting!
Music: Michael Tanner and Alison Cotton