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Audience members invited to spin a yarn for panto

A kinder way to uphold the tradition of missiles to throw at actors? Photo: Shutterstock A kinder way to uphold the tradition of missiles to throw at actors? Photo: Shutterstock
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Look, Tabard knows the summer is not yet over, but let’s be honest – it’s time we all started thinking about Christmas. It’ll be here before you know it, whether you like it or not.

One theatre has already started planning for the festive season, with an appeal to local residents to help supply props for its panto. But not just any old props. Knitted ones.

The Georgian Theatre Royal, in Richmond, is on the hunt for locals who can knit props. Tradition dictates these are often used as “missiles” and hurled by the audience at certain points during its productions.

Previous knitted objects have included bananas – of which 1,000 were knitted for The Adventures of Sinbad – alongside apples, doughnuts, and snowballs.

Contributions have been sent in from all over the world. This year’s theme is light bulbs and, according to Aladdin’s director, Clare Allen, knitting is a way for the whole community to get involved.

“People tell me they take their knitting everywhere with them, on holiday or to knit in their lunch hours, and some even make a social occasion of it and hold knitting parties,” she told Richmondshire Today.

According to the theatre, all the knitted objects are found good homes after a show. So don’t be a knitwit, get those needles out and start entering into the Christmas spirit. Even if it is only September.


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