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May 2013

Designing the Wythenshawe Parade Section

It’s all battle stations at Thingumajig Theatre! This year, we’ve been asked to lead a cluster of groups for the Manchester Day Parade. In previous years, we’ve worked with one group and then occasionally provided a giant puppet for an additional group. This year we’re working with a collection of about 12 groups which includes 4 dance groups and 2 bands!

It’s certainly bigger than just what Kathy and I can manage so we’ve brought in a few Handmade Parade artists to help us with costumes (Fran Sierrevogel), workshops (Ellie Chaney) and some of the big makes (Joanna McGlynn).

The theme for our section is “Garden City” as this is sometimes what Wythenshawe calls itself. Our message is that all sorts of beautiful things are blooming in Wythenshawe.

We’ve finished the design stage, done some serious materials  shopping and have made prototypes of the different things we’re planning to make. Now it’s heads down until June 2. (Then it’s heads down after that for the Handmade Parade on June 22!)


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Thingumajig TheatreTuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 11:29am
Plucky out and about helping Preston with their Easter events launch!
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Thingumajig TheatreThursday, March 15th, 2018 at 10:21pm
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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Thingumajig TheatreWednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 2:58pm
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Thingumajig TheatreMonday, March 5th, 2018 at 7:30am
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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Thingumajig TheatreSaturday, February 24th, 2018 at 5:42pm
Day 6: Heads now off the moulds, body sculpting under way. Puppetpaloozasb The Squire Foundation Summer Solstice Celebration
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Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 2:03pm
RT @guildcityevents: #EggRolling practice at our programme launch today from Stoneygate Nursery & @Ststephenslancs Not forgetting Plucky th…
Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 7:15pm
Love this photo by @Griff_da_Viking of Hero the firefighting dog we made in our workshop in… https://t.co/aHx7RkWwJ6
Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 11:59pm
On our way back from Santa Barbara where we taught a 10-day #giantpuppet workshop making these 2 beauties with 10 l… https://t.co/pu0mJfx08Y


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