Fibres (2019) production image of Suzanne Magowan and Ali Craig standing with their arms outstretched as snow fall around them

Image caption: Image by Jassy Earl


By: Frances Poet

Fibres promo image showing a woman hanging out a washing on a clothes line - image taken from the back


By: Frances Poet

Directed by: Jemima Levick

Co-produced by: Stellar Quines and Citizens Theatre

Jack is proud of his work at the Clyde shipyards. His wife, Beanie, who is nursing him through asbestosis, thinks he’s a fool. But the real test of their marriage comes when they discover that the dusty overalls Jack brought home to be washed by Beanie, poisoned her too. This isn’t what she thought Jack meant when he promised “what’s mine is yours”.

Meanwhile their daughter, Lucy, attempts to overcome her grief. Will she be held back by her parents’ experience, or will she have the courage to allow romance to blossom with Pete?

"led by a pair of moving and seriously funny performances"

by The Herald

"cleverly constructed and staged with precision"

by The Stage

"taking a story that desperately needs to be told to many communities deeply affected by the disease"

by The Scotsman

"Winning performances deliver a heartbreaking and unsentimental tale about asbestos poisoning"

by The Observer


  • Maureen Carr


  • Ali Craig


  • Suzanne Magowan


  • Jonathan Watson


Creative Team

  • Frances Poet


  • Jemima Levick


  • Jen McGinley

    Set and costume design

  • Emma Jones

    Lighting Design

  • Patricia Panther

    Sound Design

About The Show

We were two weans playing at wee hooses, him in his first job and me being the good wife doing his washing. Now we’re both paying the price.

Written by award-winning playwright Frances Poet, Fibres is a big-hearted and laugh out loud play about what it means to entwine our lives with another, in sickness and in health. A story told by four characters who show a very Glaswegian resilience and wit, the play asks can we ever cut the cords that bind us and who will catch us if we do?

Cast includes much loved actor Jonathan Watson (Only An Excuse, Two Doors Down, Rab C Nesbitt) and Maureen Carr (‘ugly sister’ Edith in Still Game and baddie Theresa O’Hara in River City).

This production was part of the Citizens Women season.

Suitable for ages 14+

With support from Action on Asbestos.

Fibres Film production image of Suzanne Magowan, Jonathan Watson, Maureen Carr and Ali Craig standing in a line on stage looking serious
Image by Jassy Earl

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