Nordic Knitting Crime Caper!

28 Sep

I spent an unexpectedly wonderful evening in Doncaster last week with my friend and work colleague, Jeanette. On the third Thursday of every month, we attend book group at Doncaster Central Library, which happens to be directly opposite the new Doncaster arts centre, Cast. It turns out that as we left the library, we were just in time to watch a play by one of Jeanette’s favourite, quintessentially Northern, theatre troupes, Lip Service.

Their latest production is Inspector Norse, a self-assembly Swedish comedy crime thriller, with a passion for knitwear. This is especially topical for me, considering my recent Scandinavian trips!

I was amazed to see the set – every prop, accessory, and even body part had been knitted – Lip Service had held numerous knit-ins up and down the country to make the set, and craft groups had produced leaves, telephones, cats and mice, cuckoo clocks, brains, feet, and probably the strangest item, a knitted spanner.

At the interval, Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, the writers and performers of the show, asked the audience to help decorate the stage for the second act – presenting a huge basket of hand-knitted leaves to clothe huge Ikea-style, flatpack trees.

What a wonderful, entertaining show! I won’t give too much away, but if you are lucky enough to attend, there is even opportunity for some light crafting of materials for a Walpurgis party at the interval…it will make sense when you get there!

If you want to catch Inspector Norse, there are still dates left – perhaps you could knit something for the show?


One Response to “Nordic Knitting Crime Caper!”


  1. Sewing Pattern Extravaganza | Welcome to my blog - 03/28/2014

    […] was so addictive, and I was relieved to discover I’m not the only one! I told my friend Jeanette about the sale, and she emailed me the next day to say she had a shortlist of patterns she wanted, […]


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