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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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Such a treat to play Kit and Caboodle to a hometown crowd today at Incredible Edible Todmorden Harvest Festival. Lovely, open audiences, gorgeous food (all free!)--perfect place to wrap up our summer festival season!
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Home town performance of Kit and Caboodle this Sunday in Todmorden! We're on at 1:15 and 2:45pm.
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Thingumajig TheatreTuesday, September 11th, 2018 at 12:51pm
Thingumajig Theatre's "Kit and Caboodle", a street theatre piece about migration performing at St. Augustine's Centre Halifax 50th Anniversary Garden Party, Halifax, England. St. Augustine's offers resources, training and community to refugees and asylum seekers in the Halifax area.

"Kit and Caboodle" is created and performed by Kathy and Andrew Kim, directed by Mark Whitaker with additional art by Kerith Ogden, Govi Asano and Ian Broscomb.

Video by Ian Hodgson and Rohan Green.

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Friday, September 21st, 2018 at 7:30pm
#GhostCaribou now with illuminated body. One week to go before their preview at @101outdoorarts #WWBlueprint #outdoorarts @WWconsortium https://t.co/P0NZZiliFR ThingumaTheatre photo
Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 5:54pm
Took a bit of figuring out but finally sorted out illuminated antlers; starting to look more like #GhostCaribou #WWBlueprint #outdoorarts @WWconsortium https://t.co/BnKsDjE7vO ThingumaTheatre photo
Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at 6:31pm
Such a treat to play Kit and Caboodle to a hometown crowd today at @incredibledible Todmorden Harvest Festival. Lovely, open audiences, gorgeous food (all free!)--perfect place to wrap up our summer festival season! https://t.co/AKDswEwF4I ThingumaTheatre photo
Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 at 10:49am
Kit and Caboodle performing at @infostaugs St. Augustine's Centre's 50th Anniversary Garden Party, Halifax. Thanks @IanHodgsonpix for the video! https://t.co/8ozskwfUTf

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