Crime spoof makes light of knitted jumper trend

Crime spoof makes light of knitted jumper trend

A new touring comedy is making light of the Danish crime series The Killing, focusing on knitting and using a whole host of knitted props.

Inspector Norse, inspired by the trend for Scandinavian crime thrillers, is a new play by LipService Theatre.

It follows a similar crime-fighting vein, but makes a joke out of the woolly jumpers worn by the lead character, Sarah Lund, Hull Daily Mail reports.

So when Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding from LipService decided to stage their own version, it was only right that they used a collection of knitted props.

"We've had a nice dead body knitted and because we needed props for an autopsy we've also been given a knitted brain and a heart," Ms Ryding joked.

She admitted that the group had no idea that there was such a huge network of knitters in the north-east, with many keen on yarn-bombing and more unusual projects.

"Some of them had heard about the show and wanted to be part of it," Ms Ryding added.

The show is first being staged on December 7th in Goole, but woolly props have been made by collectives around the country.

This includes primary school creating woollen fishing nets and even a knitted firework display.

The writers developed the idea after visiting Sweden, and came up with their own character Inspector Sandra Larsson, inspired by Sarah Lund, who seeks to unravel a murder.

Ms Ryding said of the character: "Like Lund, she finds communication difficult; she is totally focused on the crimes.

"But she's constantly on the phone to her mother, trying to put her off knitting her another woolly jumper."

The Manchester-based company's latest production can be seen at venues across the north-east, north-west and Yorkshire over the next four months and anyone looking to contribute any more knitted props is urged to get in touch.

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