Set in an attic sewing room, Saoirse’s life is presented to us as a form of patchwork quilt. As her grandmother – who taught her to sew – once said, a quilt has much in common with life: some parts are good and some are bad but the whole is what you make of it. It’s a
A meaningfully authentic story, simply told.
Director Hildegard Ryan finds some lovely storytelling opportunities in the sewing room setting, like when Saoirse uses a measuring tape to emulate Siobhan’s trademark hairstyle – a silver scrunchie securing her fountain of ginger hair. A pair of sewing scissors are used to scratch in some classroom graffiti, while another moment sees Saoirse take a length of floral printed fabric and fashion it into a bouquet to lay at her Mam’s grave.
Writer Eva O’Connor’s language is evocative, though there were times I wondered if this story would perhaps be better suited to prose. Poor sightlines meant I often couldn’t see what was happening on stage and, as much of the piece used narration, the experience is akin to hearing an audiobook. It is, however, a meaningfully authentic story, simply told.