Fin Kennedy's The Unravelling is a dramatic fable about the power of the imagination. It was developed in collaboration with students at the Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, East London, and first performed by students from the school on 10 August 2009 at The Space UK (Venue 45), Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, following the success of their previous collaborations, Mehndi Night (2007) and Stolen Secrets (2008). The Unravelling was the first of the Mulberry School plays to win a Fringe First Award. The Scotsman called the collaboration ‘one of the best writer/education partnerships there is.’
The play is set in an East London fabric shop. A dying mother challenges her three daughters to weave her a great tale, using nothing more than the pieces of cloth in her shop. However, as they begin to weave they realise that the prize is much more than the shop: it is the power to write their own futures. By summoning up worlds around them out of thin air, the daughters discover the power to change the course of their lives, and the shop itself takes on a metaphorical resonance.
The Edinburgh Fringe production was directed by Camille Cettina and designed by Barbara Fuchs. It was performed by Tamanna Hussain, Shalma Hussain, Rufia Begum, Suhena Begum, Rabia Begum, Nurjahan Bibi and Farihah Begum.