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Stitch In Time: A Knitting Cabaret (Melanie Gall Presents)

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2018

Professional soprano Melanie Gall’s warm, confiding style lent itself well to this interesting showcase, featuring personally researched songs about knitting from the First and Second World Wars. Knitting during the show was actively encouraged among the audience, as indeed it was during the wars; knitting for the troops even acquired a double meaning in one of the songs which was presumably understood by listeners at the time! Gall had a bad throat, so her voice wasn’t at its peak, but the show went on. The commentary was rich in social history and because these songs slipped rapidly into obscurity the repertoire felt fresh, contributing to a friendly show that eased me gently into a hectic Fringe day.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 17 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Rodgers]