Thingumajig Theatre is a visual theatre company based in West Yorkshire, England which specialises in creating and performing innovative puppet plays and interactive giant puppets.
Thingumajig’s co-directors Kathy and Andrew Kim met while working as mask performers on the Horse and Bamboo show ‘Company of Angels’ in 2002. After several years commuting across the Atlantic to visit each other, they married and settled in West Yorkshire in 2006. Shortly after, Thingumajig Theatre was born. With the desire to explore their own style and, backed by many years’ experience with other companies, they stepped out into the world under their own banner.
Since then, the company has steadily grown its two main branches; theatre shows and giant puppets. Kathy and Andrew regularly give their brains and hearts a thorough workout, adding to the collection of both. Mainly working as just the two of them, shows and giants can wait in repertoire till they get the call, with the cast on hand to respond to bookings at short notice.
As well as the United Kingdom, Thingumajig has performed in Ireland, Denmark, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Hungary, USA and Korea.
Kathy Kim (Performer, Musician, Maker and Director) was born and brought up in Bradford, England. She was awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (flute) before going on to study Drama at Manchester University. She has worked in theatre as an actor, musician and mask performer for the past 30 years with companies including Solent People’s Theatre, Snap, TheatreVan, Tameside, Theatre Foundry, Forest Forge, Oxford Stage Company, New Perspectives and Horse and Bamboo, touring GB and Europe. Further afield, Kathy has worked as artist/maker in festivals and outdoor events, including Islewilde Community Arts Celebration and Oregon Country Fair (USA), Illuminares Lantern Procession (Canada), and Dream Parade (Taiwan). Kathy is a founder member of Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade.
Andrew Kim (Puppet and Mask Maker, Performer and Director) was born in Korea, raised and educated in the USA. Andrew has created and performed puppet and mask plays, parades and pageants for over 20 years with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, Bread & Puppet Theater, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Horse and Bamboo and Theatret Thalias Tjenere (Denmark). Andrew has served as an organizer and lead artist in several outdoor spectacles: He has served as the Artistic Director of the Islewilde Community Arts Celebration (Vashon, WA), Director of the Fremont Summer Solstice Pageant (Seattle), Artistic Director of the Dream Parade (Shijr City, Taiwan), Performance Director for Liverpool Halloween Carnival and several site-specific performances by LUXe (Ireland). He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade.
Kate Reynolds (Street Theatre Producer) is a North-West based independent Creative Producer and Arts Manager, with a passion for artistically ambitious projects which reach individuals who have little or no experience of engaging with arts activity and which seek to improve community cohesion. She is Special Projects Producer at the Royal Exchange Theatre (Manchester) and also works with Canopy and Percussive Customer Projects. She has previously worked with English Pocket Opera Company, Theatretrain, Natalie Steed Productions, 3-sixty creative producers and Tête à Tête, and is a Board Member for pioneering UK dance theatre company Tilted Productions. For more information, visit her website.
Thingumajig Theatre has a wider family of artists who we work with regularly as performers, makers and directors.
Mark Whitaker – director (Ugly Duckling, Hullaba Lulu, A November Day) and puppeteer
Gil Burns – puppeteer
Natalie Speake – puppeteer
Jonny Quick – lighting designer (A November Day, Want) and puppeteer
Tom Ogden – puppeteer
David Nixon – puppeteer
Thea Soltau – puppeteer
Tony Cairns – performer, puppeteer
Liz Lempen – director (Hippochondriac)
Ian Broscomb – maker, puppeteer
Julian Taylor – builder (Hippochondriac, Hullaba Lulu)
Dan Powers – tech director (Jellish)
Nick Mitchell – electrical engineer (Jellish)
Chris Davies – sound design (Hullaba Lulu)
Daniel Weaver – sound design, musician (Jellish)
Alison Duddle – puppet maker
Gil Smith – puppet maker (Hullaba Lulu, Difference Engine)
Jo Pocock – designer, maker (Difference Engine)
Helen Davies – costume design (Kelda)
Panchan Kim – critic, life coach
Indoor theatre agent – makin projects Ltd. (Ugly Duckling and A November Day)
Street theatre agent – Fool’s Paradise (Flying Dodos, Plucky, Hippochondriac, Yeshe)
Photographers – Nigel Hillier, Craig Shaw, Ian Hodgson, Bruce Silcox, Darren Fleming
Videographers – Clare Pearl, Ideas Media, Zumamedia
Graphic Design – Frogs Design
Website – Wonderdust