Knit Witts match wits in Tantramar Theatre production

Dave Mathieson
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The Witt sisters, Shirley (left) and Purley, take no prisoners when it comes to competing with one another, and their bickering continues on the stage next Thursday and Friday starting at noon at the Masonic Hall in Amherst. Barb Bowes plays Shirley, and Barb Sharples plays Purley.

AMHERST – There’s people who knit, there’s people with wit, and then there’s people who are just plain-old ‘Knit Witts.’

That’s the conception behind the Tantramar Theatre Society’s ‘The Knit Witts,’ a play about two sisters, Shirley and Purley Witt, who are highly competitive with each other.

“They’re in there 50s and they have a long history of competitiveness since they were children,” said Knit Witts director Beverly True. “They have competed in local exhibitions for cooking and for knitting, and they have also competed for the same boyfriend.”

The sisters are neighbors living side-by-side and they observe the world, and each other, form their porch. Shirley has a pair of binoculars she uses to keep tabs on the activities of her neighbors, and both sisters sometimes threaten each other with knitting needles while bickering about past competitions.

“The play takes them through their lives, and there’s a feeling that they would like to get together, but then something happens or one of them makes a remark and the war is on again,” said True.

Knit Witts features Barb Sharples as Purley Witt, and Barb Bowes as Shirley Witt.

Local playwright Valerie Fahey, who was approached to write the play as part of the 2012 Fibre Arts Festival, wrote the play.

Knit Witts is a Brown Bag Theatre production and runs for two days, Oct 11 and 12 beginning at 12 p.m., at the Masonic Hall on Lawrence Street in Amherst. Lunch is provided by Bambino’s Pizzeria.

For tickets call 667-7002, or tickets are available at JG Jewellers, formerly Inglis Jewellers in downtown Amherst. 



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