The Knitting Cycle

Written by:

Bet O'Toole

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama
One-Act

Themes:

Abuse
Family
Parenthood

Length:

35 min.

Synopsis:

“Libby, a young teen, is very upset one night and asks her mother to teach her to knit. Her mother, at first thrilled to share this pastime with her daughter, is then confused by the dark black and red random patterns Libby keeps producing. As she talks over Libby’s rebellious behaviour with her friends, and further scenes illustrate this, the audience comes to realize that Libby is being abused, and it sounds like it is being done by her uncle who has come to live with them. The gripping conclusion unravels with threads of denial, disgust, shock and revelation.” (From the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre Library)

First Produced:

2010, Theatre on the Edge Festival

Resources:

Available through the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre Library.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.