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Budapest

Giant puppets at a massive music festival on an island in Budapest? Why not! For the first time, we crated our giant puppets and flew to meet them for the week-long Sziget Festival. It was a big experience.

It was its own universe, much like Glastonbury or Burning Man which attracted about 80,000+ people from throughout Europe. There were some big names (not that we knew them very well) and lots of great public art and street theatre.

We brought out hippo and the dodos and did 3 sets a day (two of one, one of the other). The crowds were really very enthusiastic. Folks loved the hippo and as it turns out, the dodos are party animals when they find a dance floor!

There were some very impressive big street shows and it was great to hang out with some of our British street arts colleagues Acrojou, Flying Buttresses and Swank.

Sziget wasn’t without its challenges: the first day, we were performing in 30+ degree Celsius. We were so glad there were showers backstage for the performers! The festival really looked out for their artists and crew: huge buffet feast twice a day (including beer and wine–how civilised!), lovely hotel, decent coffee and air conditioning in the green room marquee!

As we required a bit more space than your average street act, we were backstage of the Budapest Opera stage who put on a lovely show of opera favourites. This will go down as one of our most surreal experiences ever: packing up our mechanical hippo after our last set, in the dark surrounded by glorious opera sung just a few metres from us.

 
 

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Thingumajig TheatreTuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 4:13pm
Had a lovely time giving a talk on puppets at Touchstone Rochdale today!
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Thingumajig TheatreFriday, November 10th, 2017 at 7:53am
Bringing back our WW1 story for Remembrance Day tomorrow—friends near Oldham, hope to see you there.
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Thingumajig TheatreTuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 6:14pm
Lovely day teaching #puppetry movement at LIPA Liverpool. 8 new #puppeteers!
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Thingumajig TheatreMonday, October 2nd, 2017 at 12:09pm
Big weekend: Thingumajig Theatre turned 11 years old this weekend--what better way than working flat out at one of our favourite puppet festivals, the Skipton Puppet Festival? We performed Ugly Duckling on Saturday (sold out!) and Kit and Caboodle on Sat and Sun to the most enthusiastic crowds you can ever hope for--and waved a flag and danced on stilts for the Handmade Parade puppet parade. Plus saw some inspiring puppet shows and had a chance to hang out with puppeteer friends old and new from all over the UK and Europe. Exhausted but exhilarated! Thanks Daniel Lempen and Liz Lempen and all the team for an amazing festival! Photo by Craig Shaw.
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Thingumajig TheatreTuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 10:40pm
Hello again, little friends! Ugly Duckling brush up rehearsal for Skipton Puppet Fest this Saturday!
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Friday, November 10th, 2017 at 4:58am
Bringing back our WW1 story for Remembrance Day tomorrow @OldhamLibraries—hope to see you there… https://t.co/jVgidE52Mb
Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at 11:44am
RT @HmadeParade: Gallery of our month-long residency in Korea thanks to a joint fund by @ace_national and Arts Council Korea https://t.co/…
Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 6:43am
RT @OldhamLibraries: A November Day by @ThingumaTheatre, a fable of war & friendship. Showing on 11/11. Suitable 10+: https://t.co/P56L4GKV…
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 8:46pm
RT @anna_shotter: Been playing with some lovely puppets made by @ThingumaTheatre this week rehearsing for #ReynardTheFox with @fabularium.…

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