By Chloe Todd Fordham


For pensioners Mich, Jan and Doris, the Leyton Widows Talk and Sew has been a regular Tuesday afternoon fixture for the last twenty five years, a safe haven to talk about everything under the sun from the menopause, to Donald Trump to God. But with health problems looming for Doris and cuts to the council threatening the group’s closure altogether, the pressure is on to keep this self-made all female community space alive. When a younger arrival turns up one Tuesday, jealousies begin to take seed and friendships start to crack. A story of interwoven stories about friendship, community, love, age, grief and female solidarity.

Chloe Todd Fordham

Chloe is an award winning playwright from London. Her play “sound of Silence” won the Bruntwood Prize Judges Award in 2015. Her play “The Next Generation” was shortlisted for the 2017 Writers in Theatre Award run by Out of Joint/ Her first play “Land’s End” was developed while studying at Goldsmiths University and through the Arcola’s PlayWROUGHT festival, and was later shortlisted for Theatre503’s playwriting ward in 2014. Short plays include “The Night Club” (published in Women Centre Stage ( Nick Hern books) performed as part of Acts of Defiance Festival at Theatre503 and Sphinx’s Women Centre Stage Festival at Hampstead Theatre, “Play 9” ( for Play Theatre Company Vault Festival) “Chicken and Chips” part of Elexion ( Theatre503)

Yasmeen Arden - Director

Yasmeen  Arden is Artistic Director of Small Truth Theatre. Yasmeen’s production of “Nest” by Katy Warner was described as “one of the highlights” of the Vault Festival in 2018.  An Aleks Sierz said of her production of “Caterpillar” at Theatre03 and the Stephen Joseph Theatre “The standards of writing ,directing, design and acting are uniformly high. Most of all, however this is a great story brilliant told. It gained an Off West End Award nomination and was selected as a Reader’s Favourite in 2018 in The Guardian. Most recently, she collaborated to crate the Kensington Caravan – a micro theatre festival in  retro caravan on the streets of Portobello Market.

I’m a fan of the playwright’s work. It was fantastic. Would love to see the full show. Needs time now to develop.


Very funny, thought provoking and engaging.