“Nothing can go missing. No wool, no kits. Especially no needles”

Lady Anne Tree – one of the most aristocratic women in England – spent her life in prisons. As a visitor, she saw first-hand the aggression, low self-esteem, and high reoffending rates among the most hardened criminals. Lady Anne thought she had the answer. She would teach them needlecraft.

Based on a true story, this is an inspiring and heart-warming debut play by best-selling novelist Esther Freud, directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Gaby Dellal.

Esther Freud’s first novel Hideous Kinky was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. Granta named her one of the Best Young Novelists under 40. She has since written seven novels, including The Sea House, Love Falls, Lucky Break and most recently Mr Mac & Me.

“A superbly gifted writer” - The New York Times

“Fresh, witty, involving and touching” - The Independent 

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  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Cast Attributes: Role(s) for Trans Actor(s)
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Esther Freud

Esther Freud trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was short listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize and made into a film starring Kate Winslet. After publishing her second novel, Peerless Flats, she was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Yo ...
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