Panto time is fast approaching and that means time to get the knitting needles out!
The Theatre is well known across the region for its annual family pantomime but the festive production is almost as famous for its knitting. Previous years have seen knitted doughnuts, apples, leaves and bananas all ingeniously incorporated into the shows.
This year, we are appealing for knitted squares, which will be made into a gigantic blanket to be used during the 60 performances of Sleeping Beauty, taking place between 7 December and 13 January 2019.
Each square should be 12” by 12” (30cm by 30cm) and can be made in any colour or combination of colours. The tension should be fairly tight to avoid snagging but otherwise the design and style is completely up to the individual knitter. The more variety the better!
All squares should be handed in at the Box Office or posted to arrive at the Theatre no later than Wednesday 31 October. There will also be a couple of communal drop-in ‘construction’ sessions when the blanket will be sewn together on Tuesday 6 November and Wednesday 7 November from 10am until 4pm at the Theatre. Everyone is welcome to attend and teas, coffees and cakes will be served throughout the day.
The Theatre’s knitting tradition first started in 2011 when over 1,000 bananas were knitted for The Adventures of Sinbad; the following year nearly 3,000 white snowball pompoms were amassed for Babes in the Wood; around 2,500 leaves were knitted to construct a huge decorative beanstalk for Jack and the Beanstalk; 2,000 apples made their way onto the set of Snow White and last year well over 2,000 doughnuts were used to defeat the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz. The Theatre is hoping to repeat these sorts of numbers with this year’s knitted square appeal. Any surplus squares will be used to decorate the Theatre during the festive season.
Photo caption: The young cast members of Sleeping Beauty are taught to knit squares by Theatre volunteers Jen Capewell (front row, second left) and Lynne Kemp (front row, second right) .