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The Cutting of the Cloth

The Cutting of the Cloth

Michael Hastings

Oberon Books

“The Cutting of the Cloth is a real drama of feeling... a deep sense of real life being lived is evident and all of the characters are deftly drawn...Yes, this feels like Zen and the art of tailoring—real craft, real quality, no rubbish” —The Arts Desk


“The real heart of the play lies in its layered exploration of change and craftsmanship... Elegant, detailed premiere” —The Stage


The work-room of a Savile Row tailors, 1953. Two master craftsmen at daggers drawn: Polish-born Spijak insists that nothing can beat the excellence of a hand-sewn suit, while Eric uses his machine to work at twice the speed and earn twice the money. Sparks fly as each fights his own corner with biting wit and vicious humour. Into this battleground steps Maurice, a teenager at the very start of his apprenticeship. Will he survive the gruelling training to become a master tailor? Or will he, as Spijak’s daughter urges him to, escape? The Cutting of the Cloth, drawn so much from Hastings’s youthful experience as an apprentice tailor, has lain in a drawer. Now Two’s Company brings it rampaging on to the stage.


Michael Hastings was the author of 17 plays which include The World's Baby, Lee Harvey Oswald, The Silence of Saint-Just, Stars of the Roller State Disco, The Emperor (with Jonathan Miller), A Dream of People, Unfinished Business and The Dance of the American Rattlesnake. He adapted Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author for BBC2 Performance series, and wrote the essay “Rupert Brooke: The Handsomest Man in England.” His awards include the Academy of Arts and Sciences EMMY Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award and BAFTA and Writer's Guild Awards.


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