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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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Love this photo by Alex Griffin of Hero the firefighting dog we made in our workshop in Santa Barbara. Really captures the energy!
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Fab final presentation today of the 2 puppets we made with local artists in our 10-day giant workshop for Puppetpaloozasb sponsored by The Squire Foundation Summer Solstice Celebration Great project, lovely, talented people. Let's do it again!
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Day 6: Heads now off the moulds, body sculpting under way. Puppetpaloozasb The Squire Foundation Summer Solstice Celebration
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RT @guildcityevents: #EggRolling practice at our programme launch today from Stoneygate Nursery & @Ststephenslancs Not forgetting Plucky th…
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