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Kathy Kim

Incanti Festival, Turin, Italy

Torino is beginning to feel like home…..this is our fourth time here at Incanti Festival, and our Incanti friends always give us the most amazing welcome. It was too short a visit compared to the four weeks we spent leading PIP 2012 but so great to be back for the 20th anniversary festival.

We performed ‘A November Day’ at the beautiful Cavallerizza Theatre on Saturday night to a fantastic reception. Of course, visiting Turin is partly about the puppets, but also about the wonderful city and the gorgeous food. We’ve waited five years to finally getting round to visiting the Caffe Al Bicherin, for a taste of the heavenly coffee/chocolate signature drink!

Skipton Puppet Festival

It’s always such a pleasure to take our puppets to Skipton Puppet Festival! This year “The Flying Dodos” had great fun playing with the festival punters at the hub, and we had a wonderfully warm response to “Hullaba Lulu” at Ermysteds School. As ‘Handmade Parade’ we were also involved in the festival’s parade down the High Street, and enjoyed showing off some of our giants to the locals! See the photo of the parade HERE.

Well done, Liz and Daniel, for organising this fantastic event.

Nuit des Lampions

After Bornholm we drove through Sweden and Germany (via the Mosel Valley) to Wiltz in Luxembourg, to take part in the Nuit des Lampions festival. Bryan Tweddle, our neighbour from Sowerby Bridge, had invited us to be a part of this year’s event. We arrived not knowing quite how we would fit in and make ourselves useful! ‘Cooperations‘ is an amazing community made up of people with learning difficulties and the long-term unemployed, and it didn’t take us long to make friends with the artist group here and come up with ideas for a performance together.

We created 2 sets of shadow shows for the festival, one with the artist group using shadow masks that they had made before our arrival, and one to mark the clock chimes during the evening, which we performed with the help of the lead art workers of the organisation. It was an absolute privilege to work alongside all the people here, and to enjoy the beautiful buildings, garden and artwork that they have created.

Bornholm Puppet Festival

At the beginning of September we set off on our adventure to Bornholm, a small Danish island off the coast of Sweden for the fabulous Bornholm Puppet Festival. Our van was packed to the gunnels with ‘Hullaba Lulu’, ‘The Flying Dodos’ and ‘The Mystery of the Sock Snatcher’, (plus various other materials and bits and bobs for our next adventure in Luxembourg). During our week here at the festival we saw many inspiring shows, met lots of interesting artists, and had some wonderful sight-seeing trips in this beautiful part of the world. We lapped up the last of the glorious sunny days of the year, camping in our hosts’ garden and walking on beaches around the island (also much enjoyed by Panchan the Dog). A definite highlight for both of us was “Goodbye Mr Muffin” by Denmark’s own Teater Refleksion. Plus, of course, the rhubarb ice-cream!

Manchester Day Parade

We had an exhausting and very exciting time at Manchester Day Parade. The Wythenshawe section was one of the largest in the whole parade, and we were so proud of all who took part! The artwork we created together was shown off at its best, with enthusiastic performances from everyone. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with so many different groups, and running workshops in the beautiful surroundings of Wythenshawe Park.

See photos HERE.

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!

Barn Owl commission

Hobbledown children’s adventure park and farm in Epsom commissioned us to make a giant barn owl. These are such beautiful creatures and we thoroughly enjoyed making our puppet. As it needed to be super strong we made the head out of fibre glass and the body out of nylon tubing and rip-stop. We delivered him to Hobbledown on Good Friday, and worked with Jon, one of the staff, who did an excellent job of learning how to perform his first giant puppet. The owl has been used in the park throughout the holidays, and we believe will have lots of outings during the summer as well.

It’s a great place to visit with lots of amazing artwork, carpentry and, of course, real live animals. Including some of our owl’s very close relatives!

 

 

Watch the owl fly HERE.

Lulu’s Rural Tour

With our own theatre lights, courtesy of ACE, we finally set out on our first tour with the National Rural Touring Forum. We’re so excited to be doing this work and our short tour to Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire was a real success. Venues and audiences gave us a hugely warm welcome with Hullaba Lulu, and we look forward to many more rural venues in future.

 


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