Pull Up A Pew

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National Theatre Wales & Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru with BBC Cymru Wales & BBC Arts

Pull Up a Pew

Rhys Slade-Jones

10 July 2020

“Being born and bred in the Rhondda meant growing up in a valley bursting with craftsmanship and expertise. It seemed that everyone’s grandparents were master crocheters, furniture makers and singers”.

Craft often feels like mediumship… When I’m sat crocheting I feel closer to home. I look at my hands and see the hands of my mother, and the hands of her mother and the hands of hers. All of us holding a thread through time. Passing on all of that knowledge.”

In Pull Up A Pew, Rhys Slade-Jones spent five days walking a section of Offa’s Dyke, carrying with them two chairs adorned with hand-crocheted covers. These chairs will be thrones. Totems offered to those who were denied a funeral service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Along their journey Rhys explored the nature and rituals of grief and the ways in which traditional crafting skills, handed down through the generations, connect us to our past and our ancestors.

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Creative Team

Lead Artist

Rhys Slade-Jones

Production Team

Stage Manager

Matt North

Technician

Dewi Jones

Production Support

Ange John

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