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April 2013

Thingumajig at Little Angel

On Saturday (April 20), we performed Hullaba Lulu at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington, London. For many puppeteers, this is a very storied place and for me, a puppet geek, this was a bit of a dream come true.

It’s been  the “Home of British Puppetry” since John Wright and his company first converted an old temperance hall in 1961 and spent many years making beautiful marionette theatre which inspired generations. Though John Wright has passed away, the company is still very active making shows for their space as well as taking their shows on tour.

I remember hearing about Little Angel from Eric Bass of Sandglass Theatre. We performed The Vertigo of Sheep in their gorgeous barn turned into a puppet theatre in Vermont. Eric had spent some time training at Little Angel and was inspired not only by the work but by the culture of the living and work space.

The stage is a narrow but deep space, just perfect for puppet theatre–though as it was made for marionettes, the permanent puppet bridge (don’t see many of those anymore) required us to make some adjustments to the height of our sea cloths and moon shadow screen. (But not so bad as we had to do a similar trick when we playing in the studio at Lawrence Batley Theatre!)

Despite a very rare sunny day, we had pretty decent houses: nearly full for the 11am show and about half full for the 2pm show. We had some really great feedback from the audience and the staff–and these are people who see a lot of puppet shows coming through. So hopefully, we’ll be there again soon.

Manchester Day Parade, 2 June

Thingumajig puppets have had a great day out in every Manchester Day Parade since the first one in 2010, and this year we get to head up a whole section! We’re working with groups from Wythenshawe, and had a good initial meeting last week at the beautiful Wythenshawe Hall. The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Wish You Were Here’ and some exciting ideas are leaping around the table already. Andrew and I are working on design ideas and will present them to the groups later this week. We’re particularly looking forward to doing art workshops in the Hall……a grand step up from our usual workshop surroundings!

A November Day 2014 Tour

We’re delighted to announce the relaunch of A November Day to mark next year’s 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. The play originally toured in 2008, and has been a favourite in our repertoire since then. We’re very proud of the show, which has had superb responses in the USA and Europe, as well as at home in the UK. It has a special place in Kathy’s heart, being partly based around her own family’s story.

We’re particularly fortunate in that Makin Projects is representing us for the forthcoming tour in spring and autumn 2014, and look forward to visiting many new venues as well as returning to some old favourites.

 

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Thingumajig TheatreThursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 9:27am
Plucky our giant chicken has run away with the circus--in Belgium! She's looking forwards to playing this Saturday on a beautiful abbey grounds with some exciting performers!
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Started making a monster today--#Cetus for Charles Kingsley 200 this is just a model; final will be 4x bigger #giantpuppet #gooddayattheoffice
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Thingumajig TheatreMonday, May 20th, 2019 at 11:18am
Here's a lovely video of the parade we helped make in Bulgaria for 2019 Plovdiv European Capital of Culture. We taught a 2-week giant puppet masterclass in January (white birds) and then returned for 2 weeks to make the giant lady in the red skirt.
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Пловдив - Европейска столица на културата 2019 / Plovdiv 2019 ECOC
Ето как премина в началото на май Ayliak Parade - Айляк Парад едно уникално, пъстро, артистично празнично събитие за всички пловдивчани и гости на Пловдив. #Пловдив2019 #заедно --- This is how we made Ayliak Parade - Айляк Парад Ayliak Parade, an unique, colorful, artistic event for all citizens and guests of Plovdiv. #Plovdiv2019 #together #ECoC video: Néstor Boli Galindo
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Thingumajig TheatreSunday, May 19th, 2019 at 8:04pm
Meanwhile, somewhere in Antwerp, Belgium, Plucky has had a lovely day playing at one of your more unexpected places for #outdoorarts #streettheatre
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Thingumajig TheatreSunday, May 19th, 2019 at 7:47pm
Wow, can’t believe the crowds at #GhostCaribou last night Brighton Festival Without Walls, photos by Summer Dean #brightonfestival #outdoorarts #streettheatre #giantpuppets #festival #puppetry #shadowpuppets
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Thingumajig TheatreSaturday, May 18th, 2019 at 11:58pm
Massive crowds tonight watching our #GhostCaribou thanks Brighton Festival and Without Walls for bringing us out!

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 2:38pm
Started making a monster today-- #Cetus for @200Kingsley this is just a model; final will be 4x bigger #giantpuppet #gooddayattheoffice https://t.co/h1D4h0lexc ThingumaTheatre photo
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Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at 5:05pm
Meanwhile, somewhere in Antwerp, Belgium, Plucky has had a lovely day playing at one of your more unexpected place for #outdoorarts #streettheatre https://t.co/S2Iw6qCfPK ThingumaTheatre photo

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