Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret will be at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 12-31st. To buy tickets, click HERE.
Excitement! Drama! Romance! And… knitting?
A scintillating evening of the lost knitting songs of WWI and WWII from Canada, Britain, America and France. Feel free to bring your knitting (or crochet) and stitch along to these funny, poignant, toe-tapping, needle-clicking tunes. Come out and have a ball! Stitch in Time presents over a dozen historic songs, including: More Power to Your Knitting, Nell!, The Knitting Itch and Knocking at the Knitting Club.
During the two World Wars, millions of women knit for the soldiers. Popular music often reflected the trends of the time, and mere days after the first bullet was fired, dozens of knitting-themed songs started to appear. These songs ranged from ballads (heartfelt and sentimental), to propaganda songs (usually marches, to encourage the sentiment that knitting was a homefront type of soldiering), to novelty tunes (a humourous, tongue-in-cheek look at the wartime knitting craze).
After the wars these songs were essentially lost, and this concert is the first time that many of them have been performed in 100 years. Some of the songs were very close to disappearing forever, and with Stitch in Time, this music — a clever, sweet and entertaining footnote in history — has been preserved, and given a chance to live again.
“Gall can be captivating. Her musical capabilities could sell out venues alone, and her acting skills puts her on the stage with many other great talents.” (Production Ottawa)
“Divine voice … Highly recommended” (FringeReview.co.uk).
“In Gall’s hands, the struggle of women on the homefront comes alive…Watch a talented performer darn together dozens of disparate threads, each of them a triumph for women around the world.” (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)