Fringe Review: A Stitch In Time: A Knitting Cabaret

A Stitch In Time is a terrific cabaret of knitting songs and quirky facts from WWI and WWII, researched, developed and presented by the Canadian singer, Melanie Gall

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Knit one, pearl two to some great entertainment and some little known knitting facts
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5

Reviewed at Cafe Outside the Square on 9 March 2019

Presented by Melanie Gall for Emma Knights Productions

A Stitch In Time is a terrific cabaret of knitting songs and quirky facts from WWI and WWII, researched, developed and presented by the Canadian singer. Melanie Gall tells the audience she was considering doing her doctoral thesis on knitting songs but decided to put the research to a more entertaining use and for the past few years she has been travelling the world with this and other one woman shows.

Gall is an award winning performer and she thrilled the audience with her wonderful voice. She used little known facts and interesting snippets to link the songs. Did you know the famous band leader, Glen Miller had actually written a knitting song? Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYxi0HKiubY  We also heard about an Australian woman spy, who at the tender age of 18 or 19 was parachuted into Occupied France in WWII. Travelling by bicycle, she reported on troop placements via radio which was disguised in her knitting bag.

This was my first visit to this venue and it was a pleasant surprise. The Atrium at Cafe Outside The Square is an enclosed courtyard, painted stark white which provides the perfect backgrounds for performance and paintings mounted around the room. The cabaret style seating was full to capacity with enthusiastic knitters and the artist had even brought along spare knitting projects for those who forgot to bring their own.

What a fun evening; being entertained by Melanie Gall while sipping a glass of bubbly and getting on with my knitting! Even if you’re not a knitter you’ll enjoy this dose of nostalgia.

Reviewed by Jan Kershaw

Venue:  The Atrium at Cafe Outside The Square, 34 Whitmore Sq, Adelaide
Season:  14 march at 1pm and 5.30pm
Duration:  60 minutes
Tickets:  $32.00  Concession: $28.00

 

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