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August 2013

Puppet Carving Workshop

We spent an idyllic week in Devon: one half of Thingumajig Theatre had a camping holiday catching up on reading, knitting and beach walks while the other half took a week-long puppet carving class taught by John Roberts of Puppet Craft.

I’ve always loved the look and feel of a wood carved puppet but never felt I had the time or the right tools to use this technique for a show. I studied some mask carving in Bali in 1999–it was a fantastic experience but I didn’t leave with the confidence to carry it on into my puppet making.

I’ve heard about John’s carving classes and have been inspired by several friends who have taken his classes when he taught them at Horse and Bamboo. So this year, I finally made the time to sign up and I’m so glad I did!

We had a full on week with a lovely group of artists from throughout the country. John was a very open and patient hands-on teacher, stopping to teach whenever one of the students came to a new step. The best part was to be in the right environment, with the right tools, with encouraging people and the time to experiment and learn. Such a great use of a week!

My only regret is that we’ve been so full on since the class, I haven’t had time to finish my Monkey puppet and try out my new skills!

 

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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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