Page extent: 112
ISBN: 9781783198115
Binding: PaperBack
Male Cast: 3
Female Cast: 2

The Cutting of the Cloth

Michael Hastings

PaperBack (11 Mar 2015)

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.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781783198115
Female cast 2
Male cast 3
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 112


'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

'Set in a Savile Row tailor's workshop, it's a vivid portrait of a workplace. But what is striking about the play is that though the specifics of the 1950s world it describes may be gone, its central arguments about progress are as keen as ever.' - Financial Times

'This is a finely constructed tribute to the dignity of work... suffused with emotional truth.' Evening Standard