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Warp and Woof is the final production by our City Lit Access to HE (Drama) students

Story added 6th Jun 2019


Warp and Woof by Edith Lyttleon is the final production by our one year accredited Access to HE (drama) students. This exciting play will be held at the Union Theatre in Southwark. 

First performed in 1904, this rarely-revived, impassioned political drama remains acutely relevant in today's world of cheap imports and fast fashion.

The play tells the story of a group of dressmakers and their wealthy customers. The seamstresses are racing to finish the elaborate costumes that have been ordered for a ball taking place that very night. The aristocrats are preoccupied with their own concerns of marriage engagements, social climbing, and adultery, and have no idea of the effect their orders have on the workers struggling to fulfil their demands.

The business owner, Madame Stephanie – a Stepney-born cockney with an assumed Parisian accent – drives her shattered employees to the point of collapse. Hope arrives in the form of a factory official come to investigate the illegal situation, but the inspector is powerless unless these women dare to rebel and tell the truth about their working conditions. And if they speak out, will anything change?


Dates: 12th – 15th June 2019

Times: Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm and Saturday 15th June 2.30pm


Full price £15

Concessions £10


Union Theatre: Old Union Arches, 220 Union Street, SE1 OLR, London