Decorative graphic with an orange circle and a white circle overlapping against a teal and purple background


By: Sylvia Dow

Black and white image of two women in old fashioned clothes knitting outside

By: Sylvia Dow

Directed by: Muriel Romanes

Knit thegither a’ the threids, Threids o’ life and livin’ , There’s reid for pleesure, black for pain An’ green for new beginnins.

A play about women, work, and knitting. Threads weaves the stories, historical, verbatim, and imagined into a multi-stranded piece of theatre using music, song and dance. From 19th Century millworkers to modern day knitting clubs, writer Sylvia Dow brings to life the history of knitting in the borders and the threads of life, fate and destiny which bind us all.

"rhythms of the mills explode into life"

by The Herald


  • Annie Grace

  • Molly Innes

  • Pauline Knowles

  • Paksie Vernon

  • Joanna Tope

Creative Team

  • Sylvia Dow


  • Muriel Romanes


  • Jeanine Byrne

    Lighting Designer

  • Robert Pettigrew

    Musical Director

  • Sophie Stephenson


About The Show

The play is the outcome of a longer project Knit Two Together, hosted at Heart of Hawick (2012) and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), in which Stellar Quines and Sylvia Dow engaged the local community and their stories in the development of the play.

Sylvia Dow’s first full length play A Beginning, a Middle, and an End toured Scotland and the North of England in 2012 and was initially presented during a Stellar Quines Rehearsal Room. Sylvia was one of the Traverse Fifty writers and has had work presented at the Traverse and Oran Mor. Threads is part of Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival and Borders Live Touring

Supported by Creative Scotland Lottery Funding, Borders Council, Eastgate Arts, Heart of Hawick.


Tour History