Putting on a show

22nd November 2018

Oh yes you can! We’re looking for the knitter and crocheters among our wonderful supporters who would like to demonstrate their skills. We know you’re out there

Knit to fundraise for meningitis this Christmas

It’s for the Barnwood Amateur Dramatics Company, a section of the EDF Energy Sports and Social Club, based at Barnwood, Gloucester. Each year they put on a pantomime and next year it’s Cinderella, with all the proceeds being donated to us.

It’s a traditional pantomime, complete with horrible ugly sisters, Cinderella’s best friend Buttons and of course Prince Charming, and lots of ‘Oh no she isn’t’ and ‘he’s behind you’ to keep the audience entertained.

Knitted characters

Tracy Keeble, from BADco, told us: “One of the traditions that BADco has fostered over the last few years is to get knitted characters that correspond to the pantomime we are putting on."

“These are then sold or put on our tombola stall to raise extra funds for our chosen charity – in this case Meningitis Now.”

So, please can you help us and BADco? You have plenty of time – the shows will take place at Barnwood, Gloucester on 28 February and 1 and 2 March next year.

The top characters you could choose to produce include:

  • Cinderella (it’s worth noting that Cinderella is a brunette in this production)
  • Prince Charming
  • Buttons
  • Fairy Godmother

And you can also produce magic wands, pumpkin carriages or tiaras.

“If you’re a keen knitter then now the nights are drawing in why not spend a few cosy evenings knitting for BADco?” Tracy added.

“We can share ideas and patterns if you get stuck and can post any photos you send us of your creations as we go along to encourage others.”

There’s more information on the BADCo website.

Volunteering opportunities too

If however, knitting isn’t your thing, there’s still the opportunity to get involved in the panto by volunteering to help out either front or back of house. If you’d like to do this, or just want more information, please get in touch with our Community Fundraiser Sophia Lanciano Newman at sophial@meningitisnow.org.

Sophia’s also the person to send your knitted characters too, at our Head Office here in Stroud.

If you just want to go along and enjoy the fun though then you can buy tickets to the panto, but hurry, they’re selling like hot cakes!

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