Threads by Alice Robinson
A work in progress performance.
In 1066 England was invaded, and at some point an embroidery was made...
But though the Bayeux Tapestry was created by women, there are only three female characters. ‘Threads’ shines a light on the unsung Anglo Saxon seamstresses, and asks: How far have we come in almost a thousand years? From Alice Robinson (No Signal, Christmas at Mildred’s) comes a new play full of comedy, history, and imagination.
Being brought up in a conquered "Engelland", Aelfgyva's options are limited. Work, marriage, an early death. Standard. What once was foreign is now the norm - make that Norman - but for her nothing changes. So when the Abbey announces a project that will be the best thing since...well, bread, she’s the first in line. Sewing is in her blood.
In Victorian Staffordshire, Mrs Wardle leads the ladies of the Leek Embroidery Society in their most ambitious project yet - a full size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. It's bound to be a perfect success, even with Mrs Dafney and her officious note taking, Pip the strident university graduate causing quite the stir, and Lady Husselbee’s moralistic concerns over “the rude bits”. If Mrs Wardle can get a moment to herself, she may even work out why the tapestry is so important to her.
A sharing of work in progress, featuring an all female cast and creative team in a retelling of history that puts women into centre frame.
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