The Doughnuts of Oz

There must be something in the air because a second theatrical enterprise recently put out a request for volunteers to send in crocheted cakes for their upcoming Christmas show. Having enjoyed crocheting cakes for Scottish theatre company Starcatchers, I thought I’d make some more.

The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, has a tradition of using knitted props during its annual pantomime. For previous shows, they have received bananas, snowballs, leaves, and apples but this year, they’re asking for doughnuts.

Wanting to do something a little bit different, I thought I would try and create a Wizard of Oz doughnut mash-up. This really got the creative juices flowing while I tried to think how I could represent the characters in doughnut form (not a sentence I thought I would ever write).

So we have a Cowardly Custard Lion doughnut accompanied by Dorothy, with ruby red ‘icing’.

P1030540Then there is the Tin Woodman, in need of a heart, and the Scarecrow, with twine left over from my upcycled chair to represent his straw.

P1030563Finally the Wicked Witches of the East and West. I am old enough to know better, but Margaret Hamilton’s portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West still terrifies me. She’s a lot less scary in warty doughnut form.

P1030554I used this pattern to create five of the doughnuts. I made up my own design for the Wicked Witch of the East doughnut to show off the black and white stripes that represent the witch’s stockings.

If you would like to make doughnuts for the production, the deadline is Friday 1 December. There are further details on the theatre’s website.



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