The dark and intimate Stitching is a kind of love story set at the extremes of brutality, banality and tenderness. A faithless couple pick apart their relationship, stitch by painful stitch. Discovering that Abby is pregnant, she and Stu wonder whether they should have the baby when they can barely have a conversation.
In alternating scenes, we see the brutal heart of their relationship as they discuss and act out their sexual fantasies, from the cliché to the violent and shocking. Neilson’s uncensored and unflinching dialogue opens up a fascinating, harrowing psychology of sexual conflict and abortion.
Stitching opened in 2002 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and transferred to the Bush Theatre, London.