Thingumajig Theatre were invited once again to create a giant puppet puppet for the Manchester Day Parade. This year, we were asked to work with Manchester Fire and Rescue. They are about to introduce a new uniform so they asked us to create a parade giant puppet of an Asian woman firefighter who would be wearing the new costume.
They also asked us to work with a group of Princes’ Trust youths to create an ensemble to interact with the firefighter.
It was a great little ensemble: the youths formed groups of flame flags which the firefighter chased and tried to put out with an extinguisher.
The mechanism was a slight variation on our usual mechanism as seen here in Kelda. As one arm was fixed, we created a system which only required one hand to operated.
It was also great to make a giant with high vis fabric–you could certainly see this puppet coming from a long way away!
The puppet now belongs to Manchester Fire and Rescue and was also part of the Manchester Pride Parade.
See more photos and a short video.