Jonathan Blakeley brings his new show Stitches to Hope Theatre

Jonathan Blakeley's new play explores relationships through the eyes of a teddy bear
Jonathan Blakeley Stitches Artwork

The Hope Theatre is set to host the evocative and insightful new play Stitches from Jonathan Blakeley.

Crafted by the talented writer and performer Jonathan Blakeley, and supported by Arts Council England, Stitches offers a unique narrative perspective—that of a teddy bear.

Running at the London venue from 20 February – 9 March, this emotive and contemplative production delves into how relationships evolve as we age and our battle for significance. It poignantly reflects on the fading of childhood attachments in the wake of new priorities that emerge with maturity.

The protagonist, a teddy bear, has been a constant in Chloe’s life, from her infancy when she was first introduced to it by her grandmother, to major life milestones like attending nursery, forming friendships, and navigating adulthood. Stitches is a touching exploration of enduring love and support, underscored by the theme of how true affection remains steadfast through life’s challenges.

This production is not only a theatrical experience but also a collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society and the University of Stirling DSDC (Dementia Services Development Centre). It recognises the role of art in connecting with memories. Jonathan Blakeley will conduct storytelling workshops with the society, probing the potential of art in unlocking personal histories and moments.

Director Samantha Pears said: “What first drew me to collaborate on Stitches was the fact that it is a poignant exploration of the human experience and the universal quest for friendship and connection. I was then excited at the prospect of having only one actor on stage and combining their work with the use of multimedia to amplify the themes of the piece.

“I think it is extremely relevant to today’s society because it highlights the importance of keeping loved ones near, the prevalence of loneliness and how important support networks are. I believe stories of this nature aren’t told enough in theatre and I am really proud to be bringing this to the stage.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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