A one-man play & talkback about the artistic and spiritual journey of Kirk Dunn, who took 15 years to knit a triptych of tapestries, designed in the style of stained glass windows, exploring the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic faiths. There is no other project like it in the world.
AND IT IS COMING TO BLYTH!
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall
When: November 2nd 7pm
Written by Kirk & Claire Dunn, Directed by Jennifer Tarver
BRING YOUR OWN KNITTING as knitting during the show it encouraged.
In 2003, Kirk was awarded a significant Chalmers Foundation Fellowship through the Ontario Arts Council in support of “Stitched Glass,” an installation of 5’ x 8’ tapestry panels, knit in the style of stained glass. The work explores the commonalities and conflicts of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Kirk could not have foreseen the scope of the work. After 15 years of research, design and knitting, he has completed all three tapestries – the Christian, Judaic, and Islamic. Kirk’s background as a PK – a preacher’s kid – inspired his interest in religion and spirituality. With “Stitched Glass,” he has found a way to combine both his faith and textile interests.
Most recently, Kirk was seen in Voices of Peace, Dreams of Home, at St. Andrew’s Church in Toronto, alongside CBC Radio Personalities Foreign correspondent Brian Stewart and classical music expert Rick Phillips. The previous year, he also appeared in Voices of War, Dreams of Peace with the same team.
For three seasons, Kirk was joyfully not seen, being ensconced in an eight-foot-tall green dragon puppet known as Dudley. While Kirk played Dudley, the show won a 1997 Gemini award for Best Children’s or Youth Fiction or Non-Fiction Program or Series.
Kirk also appeared in CBC’s Chasing Cain, Traders and Spynet; Showtime’s Street Time and Queer as Folk; Fox’s Class of ’96; as well as Little Mosque on the Prairie; Real Kids, Real Adventures; Kung Fu; Women of Windsor; Katts & Dog; and War of the Worlds.
On film, Kirk has appeared in 20th Century Fox’s Trapped in Paradise; in the short films Brick Red for Tiger Lily Films, Cal Coons’ Day Pass, Ines Buchli’s Exposure, Alexandra Gill’s Harriet Loves, and in the lead of the critically acclaimed short film, Like A Dream: The Mario Lanza Story, directed and written by John Martins-Manteiga, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
*Note – The Knitting Pilgrim tickets can be picked up at the FACTS Gallery and Creative Space at 441 Queen Street in Blyth or starting one hour before the show at the FACTS table in the foyer of the theatre.