A story of love, laughter and the untold legacy of Glasgow’s shipyards
“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.”
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?
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).
The original production was part of the Citizens Women season.
Suitable for ages 14+
With support from Clydeside Action on Asbestos.
Action on Asbestos (Formally known as Clydeside Action on Asbestos) is a charity that was established in 1984 by men who had been diagnosed with an asbestos disease. The purpose of setting up this charity was to help others with this condition by providing practical advice and support.
The charity specialises in providing free benefit and legal advice and provides representation at social security appeals. They host monthly support group meetings throughout Scotland for people to meet in order to reduce their isolation.
CAA is proud to sponsor a specialist nurse for those in Edinburgh and Glasgow. If you have been diagnosed with either Pleural Plaques, Pleural thickening, Asbestosis, Mesothelioma or Asbestos related Lung Cancer or any other Injury or accident at work, then please contact CAA on 0800 089 1717 for free confidential advice and support.
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"It's the outright identification with working women that makes Francis Poet’s outstanding play Fibres so effective.
"led by a pair of moving and seriously funny performances
"taking a story that desperately needs to be told to many communities deeply affected by the disease
"cleverly constructed and staged with precision
"a tragic story beautifully told with likeable characters and wonderful performances from all involved
"Fibres is magnetic, moving, and utterly memorable
"Winning performances deliver a heartbreaking and unsentimental tale about asbestos poisoning in the workplace
"excellently acted production
"Fibres is an affecting piece about an important, too often neglected, subject
- May 28, 2020NTS Scenes for Survival launches with Fibres extract
- October 21, 2019Frances Poet, speaks to Joyce McMillan at The Scotsman
- October 19, 2019Frances Poet speaks on Woman’s Hour
- October 12, 2019Frances Poet, speaks to Nadine Bay at The National
- October 10, 2019Ruth Wishart at the Helensburgh Advertisers looks ahead to the Fibres tour
- October 10, 2019Frances Poet speaks to Neil Cooper at the Herald
- October 8, 2019Jonathan Watson talks to the Sunday Post
- October 5, 2019Jonathan Watson talks to the Evening Times.
- September 28, 2019Jonathan Watson talks about his role in Fibres to Rick Fulton at The Daily Record
- September 9, 2019Stellar Quines present a double bill of shows this Autumn
- September 4, 2019New Stellar Quines and Citizens Theatre show Fibres
- December 12, 2018Stellar Quines & Citizens Theatre announce Fibres, new play by Frances Poet for 2019.